HoopsHype Bernard King rumors

May 8, 2013 Updates

Carmelo Anthony shrugs off most criticism, but when the critique came from Bernard King, he noticed. On King’s twitter account a mild criticism appeared, urging Anthony to play more team ball. But as it gained attention, King claimed that the tweet wasn’t his - rather coming from “an associate” he told Newsday - and he shut the account down. “I found out about the alleged Bernard King tweet this morning when I got to shootaround,” Anthony said. “I didn’t think too much about it. I know Bernard very well and I heard he was trying to reach out to me to let me know it wasn’t something that he said, he just wanted to apologize. I didn’t really pay too much any mind to that at all.” Sulia

May 7, 2013 Updates

Bernard King said Tuesday that it was not him but an associate who posted three critiques of Carmelo Anthony on King's Twitter account Monday, and he disavowed the sentiments that were expressed. "I didn't post it or tweet it, and I'm disappointed it came out like this," the former Knick and recently elected Hall of Famer said as he prepared to serve as an analyst for MSG's postgame show for Game 2 of the Pacers-Knicks series last night. Newsday

King said when traveling, as he was Monday, he entrusted his account to an associate whom he would not name or characterize. He said doing so had not been a problem previously. "I made a mistake," he said. "It was a big mistake. Everyone knows in this city and around this country how much respect I have for Melo, and what I think of him not only as a player but as a person. I am disappointed this happened. Obviously these are not things I've said. I've always maintained that Melo should have been the MVP this year, and his skills are far more complete than mine when I played for the Knicks." Newsday

Knick legend Bernard King came through with some accurate and rock solid criticism of Anthony on Monday, discussing on his Twitter feed the various ways that Anthony could snap out of his isolation malaise and score efficiently on the Indiana Pacers in spite of his left shoulder injury. The Knicks, who employ King as an analyst for the MSG Network (to, you know, analyze the Knicks whether they win or lose), reportedly did not like King’s tweets in the wake of the team’s Game 1 loss to the Pacers, and King’s account has been shut down. Yahoo! Sports

The official Twitter account for King, who does some broadcasting work for both MSG Network and NBA TV, was shut down shortly after the dispatches were posted. According to a published report, the Knicks claim King had allowed a friend to use his handle and that those posts did not reflect his “sentiment.” New York Daily News

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Bernard King, recently minted Basketball Hall of Famer, was talking yesterday about the differences between his game and Carmelo Anthony's when he abruptly ditched the particulars and got right to the point: "I think he's a much better all-around player than I ever was with the Knicks, without a doubt." Newsday

"A lot of athletes have come to New York as superstars and unfortunately have wilted under the spotlight, then they go away and become superstars again," King said. "Melo has done a great job of not only welcoming the pressure but exceeding expectations, in my opinion." Newsday

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The players from the 1972-73 team were honored at Friday's Knicks game and will be recalled again Sunday when MSG replays Game 5 of the '73 Finals against the Lakers -- thanks to an unlikely story of discovery and recovery. (More on that later.) Frazier lamented that the 1973 Knicks had been somewhat overlooked compared with '70 "because of the hoopla with Willis [Reed] and the way he came out in Game 7, and we won it at home." When I asked which team was better, he said without hesitation it was 1973, a deeper, more versatile squad. One of the biggest reasons was sitting beside him: Earl Monroe. The occasion was a luncheon at Frazier's restaurant, Clyde Frazier's Wine & Dine, near the Garden at which the former backcourt mates watched parts of that title-clinching 102-93 victory at the Forum on May 10, 1973. Both men acknowledged it was a somewhat surreal experience to watch their far younger selves sometimes play less well than memory suggested, but well enough to dethrone the defending champs. Said Monroe: "When you think back on the game, you don't [remember] all the mistakes that were made . . . But the reason we won is we just had better players." Newsday

“I do say I’ve never seen LeBron outplay Carmelo,” King added. Asked by The Post to elaborate, King said: “Now you can obviously go back into your records and find games where you can come back and dispute that — well I’m not looking at records. I’m just going based on my recollection of what I’ve seen. That’s what I can go on.” New York Post

April 8, 2013 Updates

File this under the "It's About Time" category, but former Knicks' legend Bernard King was finally named to the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame. King, 56, played from 1982-87 with the Knicks. although his brilliant career was shortened by knee trouble. One of the elite small forwards of his era, King averaged 22.5 points per game in his career (26.5 points during his Knicks' tenure) -- including a career-high 32.9 points for the Knicks in the 1984-85 season. Newark Star-Ledger

April 7, 2013 Updates

Anthony tied King’s Knicks’ record of three straight games of 40 or more points in Friday’s 101-83 win over the Bucks and will look to break it today. He posted 50, 40 and 41 points on the Heat, Hawks and Bucks, respectively. “Melo is playing the best basketball of any player in the NBA,’’ King told The Post. “He’s the best scorer in the league. He’s playing phenomenally. There’s nothing you’re going to do defensively that’s going to stop him. He can handle, shoot, pass rebound, penetrate. He can put the ball on the floor and handle the ball in transition. He can post up down low. He’s very difficult to prepare for. “I’ve enjoyed watching him. I was hoping he would break my record [Friday].’’ New York Post

April 5, 2013 Updates

Marc Berman: Bernard King finally elected to the Hall of Fame, according to source. Deserved it a while ago. Twitter @NYPost_Berman

The announcements will become official Monday at the Final Four in Atlanta. Ironically, King lives in Atlanta and attended the Knicks game Wednesday. King played from 1982-87 with the Knicks and his career was shortened by knee trouble. He was disappointed in recent years about being passed over for the Hall. His name came up this week when Carmelo Anthony nearly acheived his feat of posting back-to-back 50-point games. King did that during the 1984-85 season. King averaged 26.5 points during his Knicks career. New York Post

February 16, 2013 Updates

For Bernard King, maybe the sixth time is the charm. The Brooklyn product and former Knick great was revealed as one of 12 finalists for the 2013 Hall of Fame class Friday, joining notables such as Gary Payton, Rick Pitino, Jerry Tarkanian and Tim Hardaway. King, 56, who has been nominated six times, received strong support from Dominique Wilkins — a 2006 inductee — who played against King until King’s retirement in 1993. The 2013 class will be announced at the NCAA Final Four in April. “Is Bernard King a Hall of Famer? He should be a first ballot Hall of Famer,” Wilkins said. “I never feared anybody whenever I played them. Nobody. He’s the only guy that scared the hell out of me. He’s a machine. Here’s a guy he could put 40 in the book and there’s nothing you can do about it. And he did it consistently. He should have already been a Hall of Famer.” New York Daily News

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