Despite his verbosity, Stacey has seldom put his foot in his mouth. He always credits his teammates: "If I had a knife, I'd cut all the awards I've won in half and give each player one." He cried after last year's 83-79 loss to Kansas in the NCAA final, an especially painful defeat because the Sooners had handily beaten the Jayhawks twice during the regular season, and because King hardly saw the ball in the second half. Publicly he credited the victors, and he has many kind words for Kansas star Danny Manning: "If I had to pattern myself after a guy it'd be him." And he shrugged it off when John Thompson made him one of the last cuts from the U.S. Olympic team: "Hey, that's as the cookie crumbles."
"Maybe Stacey's future is not only in basketball but in politics," says Tubbs.
Or maybe it's in journalism. A little sleuthing about one of his nicknames uncovered that when Stacey was a kid he used to play with his mother's pottery a lot. Hence the tag Ceramic. "The press can find out anything!" marveled King, when confronted with this info. "Don't ever do nothing bad."
Which is a fitting end to the story Stacey King began.