Former New York Knick Bernard King has finally gotten into the Basketball Hall of Fame. It took over seven years, but one of the greatest players to ever put on a Knicks uniform is heading to the hall.
The official announcements came this past Monday at the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta. Ironically, King lives in Atlanta and frequently attends Knicks game in his home town and in New York. King played at the Garden from 1982-87 with the Knicks and his career was shortened by several knee injuries. He was disappointed in recent years about being passed over for the Hall. His name came up last week when Carmelo Anthony nearly achieved his feat of posting back-to-back 50-point games for the Knicks.
King did that during the 1984-85 season on a Texas road trip, which was one for the ages. King averaged 26.5 points during his spectacular career in New York. King had been nominated six times after he retired from professional basketball. The Brooklyn native started and finished his career with the Nets, playing with them starting in 1977-’79 and again in 1993. The small forward averaged 22.5 points per game in his career and a career-high 32.9 for the Knicks in the 1984-’85 season.
King is the first Knicks player to get elected to the Hall of Fame since former superstar Patrick Ewing was selected in 2008. Hopefully, King’s selection can inject some magic into the current Knicks team, which in recent days has made a serious run towards a championship. This year’s Hall of Fame ceremonies will take place in early September in Springfield, Massachusetts.