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Report: Finally, Bernard King elected to Hall of Fame

Apr 5, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

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Bernard King, one of the great pure scorers ever to play in the NBA, has finally made it into the basketball Hall of Fame.

At least that is the report from the New York Post. Nothing is official until Monday when it all gets announced in New York but these things tend to leak out early as the players have already been called. For example, we also know Gary Payton also is expected to get the formal nod on Monday.

King could just flat out score the basketball, averaging 22.5 points a game over a career that included four All-Star Games as well. For a few years in the mid 1980s — when Los Angeles and Boston seemed to be the center of the basketball universe — King brought Madison Square Garden the most entertaining basketball in the league.

Don’t take my word for it, listen to Charles Barkley.

And in case you haven’t seen what he was all about, here is King dropping 60 on the Nets in 1984.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM


    • spthegr8 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      The B.K. Broiler could get BUCKETS!!! He was a scoring machine. & I agree Mr. Wright, LONG overdue!!

      • fanofevilempire - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:00 AM

        about time, this guy knew how to put the ball in the hole.
        well deserved, see you @ MSG.
        that # has to go to the rafter.

    • macka4 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Too long, really. Thank goodness he’s in. Not like Dennis Johnson, who didn’t live to his also overdue induction.

  2. rdav29 - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM


  3. dysraw1 - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    hey he was my dude long before he got to the Knicks and i hated giving up Sugar Rayto get him.but he single handedly made this an exciing basket ball town

  4. dysraw1 - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    long overdue

  5. dalucks - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Bernard King is long overdue for the Hall of Fame just like Maurice Cheeks.

    • macka4 - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:53 AM

      Right on dalucks. If Rodman and Mullin get in, Cheeks certainly should. A bit of a Stockton clone to a large degree.

    • macka4 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Cheeks is VERY underrated. A bit of a forerunner to John Stockton. Similar game. He put Malone, Erving and Toney in the best spots to score.

  6. m3dman3 - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    The king of New York.

  7. chitownjeff - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Wow. great news.. I remember him droppin.. 44? against the Isiah and the Pistons with taped up dislocated fingers.. What a shooter.. what a scorer.. awesome..

    • macka4 - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:54 AM

      Those injuries couldn’t stop Bernard. Only a serious knee injury (for a while). And he came back strong from that with Washington.

  8. badintent - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Another Knick day in the life, BK and Spencer go HOF, both former Knicks and the Knicks stomp the Bucks. 11 and counting.$$$ Like the Wall Street index. Melo is $$$.Only in NYC , forgit about it.

  9. asimonetti88 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Great player, long overdue.

  10. mudhead123 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Too bad basketball is a joke

  11. dysraw1 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    his number should be hanging in the garden rafters

    • badintent - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      I heard Dolan wanted to , but Isiah talked him out of it.

      • dysraw1 - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        you kidding

  12. vamoalperreo - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Craig Carlton did a lot to help Bernard get to the hall of fame

  13. nashernation - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Congrats to the King! Finally gets his props. Great player who deserved to win a championship. I’d Ewing was with King in his prime lock up a ring.

  14. northstarnic - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    You mean I watched a 3 minute reel of NBA highlights and didn’t see one dunk? How effin refreshing!
    Well deserved and long overdue.

    • macka4 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      A master at what he did. Bernard wasn’t a power dunk or a 3 pt specialist. He had his “game” down and no one could stop it.

  15. rajbais - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    My Rule: if Alex English is in others who compare to him deserve to get in.

    Don’t worry. This isn’t as dumb as JA Adande’s feeling that Robert Horry should be in the HOF.

    I like Horry, but he, john salley, Steve Kerr, etc. are ring recipients and just because you have a ton of rings it doesn’t mean you’re a great player.

    The way you play and beat your matchups makes you great.

    • macka4 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Kerr and Salley were simply subs who contributed (a bit). Fortunate to play with some greats.

  16. tmdill18 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Big time scorer. Would have been in the HOF on the first try if not for knee injuries. I remember him in college with Grunfeld – the Ernie & Bernie Show.

  17. ron05342 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Spencer Haywood, well deserved. Long-time forgotten, but a hell of a player.

    • macka4 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Haywood was good, maybe great for a short time, but no Bernard.

  18. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Haywood should be inducted solely for the fact that he was tapping a young Iman!

  19. nashernation - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    I always made that argument if English is in the hall than King has to be a lock. Comparable players with similar stats. B King was a scoring machine in this league.

    • macka4 - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:56 AM

      Very comparable King and English. Both have their due now.

    • macka4 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      B K could flat out score with anyone in ANY era.

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