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Looks like Bernard King missed out on Hall of Fame again

Mar 30, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

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The official announcement isn’t until Monday, but word is leaking out about this year’s class for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. For example, Don Nelson is deservedly in.

Bernard King — Knicks legend and one of the better pure scorers the game has ever seen — did not make the cut with voters, reports the New York Post.

King has been a nominee five times, and is currently an MSG Network broadcaster… King was with the Knicks from 1982-’86. 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.

Don’t ask me why he didn’t make the cut — I’d have a better chance at explaining string theory to you than what the Hall of Fame voter guidelines are.

But rather than me telling you how great King was, how about Charles Barkley.

  1. lakerluver - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    B. King was a great scorer and a good player overall. I recall the series he had against the Pistons in the mid eighties. I think he averaged almost 40. His career was definitely HOF worthy.

  2. j0625 - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    A very, very good player, but not quite HOF-caliber. He was a top 10 player in the league for only about 4-5 years. In my view, one has to maintain that status for about 10 years to be worthy of serious HOF consideration. The HOF in any sport should be highly exclusive: only for the very, very best of the best. If it’s debatable the player probably isn’t a Hall of Famer. If King should be in the HOF, so should Bob McAdoo, James Worthy, Tiny Archibald and Tim Hardaway.

    • tcclark - Mar 31, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      Bob McAdoo, James Worthy, and Tiny Archibald are all Hall of Famers. In fact, Archibald and Worthy are 2 of the 50 greatest players of all time.

  3. henryd3rd - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    He definitely belongs; but then again he was never a media darling and some of his early missteps may be the reason some voters will not give him the necessary votes. He can take heart that the University of Tennessee saw fit to induct him into their Hall of Fame

    • dysraw1 - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      the only scandal i remember include was a dui in Utah

  4. jerseypatriot76 - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    I would have given Bernard my healthy knees to have him continue playing at the level he was in 1984 and 1985. King had an arsenal of moves, he could drive to the basket, a beautiful mid-range jumper, score on the fast break, improvise, whatever it took to score, Bernard did it.

    He beat the Pistons in the playoffs practically by himself, and nearly knocked the eventual champion Boston Celtics in 1984. Without the injuries, he is not only a Hall of Famer, but maybe one of the top ten scorers in NBA history. We’ll never truly know, but he would get my vote for Springfield. His type of game is what is missing in the NBA, he had that sweet mid-range jumper, instead of just shooting 3’s and driving to the basket and either to dunk or get fouled.

  5. jayquintana - Mar 30, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Chris Mullin, Dennis Rodman… they were better than ‘nard?

    • cinnalocks - Mar 30, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      Published: February 27, 1983 NY TIMES
      “The N.B.A. has had its share of drug- or alcohol-related horrors – one of them fatal. Bernard King, now a Knick, had several encounters with the law when he was with the Jazz before being arrested in 1980 on charges of assaulting a woman in his apartment. It was later learned that King was an alcoholic. He has since undergone treatment, and is now the Knicks’ best player.”

      Apparently he was an alcoholic or had alcoholic tendencies.

    • yournuts - Mar 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      I don’t know about that. Chris Mullen and Bernard King were studs and knew how to score. Bernard played D. I don’t think Chris was a defender of any worth. Rodman was a rebounder and Defensive specialist, not a scorer. I think Bernard should be in the HOF.

  6. Eternal Optimist - Mar 30, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    I could never figure out why he couldn’t be stopped, but for some reason, nobody could slow him down. He dominated scoring in his time. He belongs in the Hall.

  7. dysraw1 - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    thats politics B.K is my all time knick. always will be.he carried a team of nobody’s to the playoffs every season he was here.

  8. muir6 - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    He is in my hall of fame

  9. dysraw1 - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Luis Orr indeeed

  10. isujames - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    ^ Did that team of nobody’s on the knicks that BK carried to the playoffs every year have P Ewing on it?????

    • jjordannba - Mar 30, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      No, it actually didn’t

    • cinnalocks - Mar 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      No it did not have Patrick Ewing.Ewing did not come into the league until 1985….it did have Ernie G and Bill Cartwright…so he is correct in saying no name. Bernard averaged 35 point.. 6 rebs… and 3 ast in the playoffs 1983-84 in the 82-83 season he avg 24, 4, 4 and lost to Dr J and the World Champs 76ers. In 83-84 they lost to the Larry Bird led Celtics who then won the Championship.

  11. 700levelvet - Mar 31, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    His legacy, is only hampered by his inablity to stay healthy, when he was healthy, he was a killer, as a sixers fan, i hate everything the overhyed Kinicks spit out, but BK when healthy, was BAD……..I doubt he makes the HOF, but there are few who had his talent……..His knees did him in…………

  12. 24thesho - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    I really don’t get this.

  13. tcclark - Mar 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    If Reggie Miller makes it and Bernard doesn’t this is total BS.

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