Matthew FalkenburyBernard King, the most famous New York Knicks player from the 1980′s, has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
He will be joined in the 2013 class by Knicks legend Richie Guerin, Former Knicks coach and current Louisville coach Rick Pitino, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton, former Houston coach Guy Lewis, and WNBA star Dawn Staley.
He had been a finalist six times previously and is the first player who is best known for his time with the Knicks to make the Hall since Patrick Ewing was elected in 2008.
Below is an excerpt from a post I wrote When King was announced as a finalist for the Hall of Fame which describes what is now considered, and rightfully so, a Hall of Fame career.
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.”
Now that King has made the Hall of Fame I think that it is time the Knicks honor him by raising his number 30 to the Madison Square Garden rafters.
Although he only spent four years with the team, it would have been more if not for his injury and those years were nothing short of spectacular.
He is one of the few players I have heard about that played in New York for such a short period of time in his career and yet is so revered by the fans. He was a great player, the Hall of Fame recognized that and the Knicks franchise should do that as well and retire his number.
Congratulations to Bernard King, the newest member of the Basketball Hall of Fame!