Former coach upgraded to serious condition

Updated: December 4, 2004, 3:29 AM ET
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE -- The condition of former New Mexico men's basketball coach Bob King has been upgraded from critical to serious, according to a Veterans Administration Medical Center spokeswoman.

King, who turned the Lobos' program into a national power in the '60s, had been listed in critical for some two weeks after taking a fall in his Albuquerque home.

King, 81, went to the hospital after the fall and doctors discovered that he had dislocated his shoulder. He developed a fever and later lost consciousness.

King coached the Lobos from 1962-72, compiling a record of 175-89. His 1967-68 team went 23-5, was ranked as high as fourth in the nation and earned UNM's first berth in the NCAA Tournament.

King has a history of health problems, beginning with a heart attack and cerebral aneurysm suffered in 1978 while serving as athletic director and men's basketball coach at Indiana State.

In 1992, having retired and returned to Albuquerque, he underwent quintuple-bypass surgery.

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