Legendary New York Knicks forward Bernard King has been named a finalist for entry into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The finalists that are elected will be announced the weekend of the NCAA Final Four.
For years many people have felt that King should be a Hall of Famer and every year that he was left out the controversy around him not getting in would be talked about around basketball.
He played only four seasons with the Knicks during his 14 year NBA career but he left his mark on the franchise both in what he did on the court and what could have been.
Acquired in a trade from the Golden State Warriors, King became a fan favorite for his scoring talents in New York. His performance in the 1984 playoffs against the Pistons is probably the biggest moment in Knicks playoff history between 1973 and 1990.
In that five game series win, King averaged 42.6 points and scored 44 points in the game 5 win over the Pistons in Detroit. He then helped the Knicks force the Boston Celtics to a seventh games in the Conference Semi-finals before losing.
A knee injury towards the end of the 84-85 season, as he was winning the scoring title by averaging 32 points a game, sadly derailed his career with the Knicks.
One of King’s biggest regrets is also one of the Knicks fans biggest regrets as his injury robbed us all of a chance to see a Knicks team with a fully healthy King and Patrick Ewing.
He would come back from the injury, which some people thought would never happen, and made the All-Star team as a member of the then Washington Bullets in 1991. He would retire from the game after the 1992-1993 season with the Nets.
It certainly seems like this will finally be his year to get in, which gives the Knicks no good reason for not retiring his #30 and giving him that long over due ceremony.
So, as we celebrate King being one step closer to finally making the Hall of Fame, enjoy this video of his greatest individual performance as a Knick when he put up 60 against the Nets.