HoopsHype Bernard King rumors

February 15, 2013 Updates

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today, at NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston, an elite list of players and coaches, as the 12 finalists from the North American and Women's committees to be considered for election in 2013. The recognition of being honored as a Hall of Fame finalist is a career highlight in the sport of basketball. This year's list includes six first-time finalists: five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell, two-time NBA Championship coach Tom Heinsohn, nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton, five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley and six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond. Previous finalists included again this year for consideration are four-time NBA All-Star Maurice Cheeks, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, four-time NBA All-Star Bernard King, five- time NCAA Final Four coach Guy Lewis, six-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino and four-time NCAA Final Four coach Jerry Tarkanian. The Class of 2013 will be unveiled at the NCAA Final Four in April. NBA.com

January 7, 2013 Updates

The Glove belongs in The Hall. And it could happen. The list of nominees for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame were released on Monday and Payton is among them for the first time. So was Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, as well as returning guys like Bernard King who should be in. Of course, it’s never that simple with the Hall of Fame, which is an international hall of which the NBA is only part. Everybody on the nominee list goes before a nine-person panel and if they get seven yes votes move on to the finalist stage (who makes the cut is announced All-Star Weekend in Houston). A group of 24 writers makes the final votes later, the list of guys getting in comes out in April. NBCSports.com

April 2, 2012 Updates

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony worshiped Bernard King growing up in Brooklyn, as did Anthony’s father. During All-Star Weekend in February, Anthony was surprised King wasn’t already inducted into the Hall of Fame when the announcement came King was a finalist. But as The Post reported last week, King was informed he won’t be one of the Hall inductees when the announcement is made today at The Final Four in New Orleans. “It’s sad,’’ Anthony told The Post. “He’s supposed to be in there. I’m not sure why he’s not.’’ New York Post

March 30, 2012 Updates

Bernard King, former Knicks legend, said he is “quite disappointed’’ he has been passed over again for induction into the Hall of Fame. The Post reported on its website Thursday King, 55, was not voted in as an inductee to the Springfield, Mass., shrine, citing a league source. The official announcement on inductions is Monday at noon in New Orleans — site of the NCAA Tournament's Final Four. It was King’s fifth time as a nominee and second time he was one of the 18 finalists. But Carmelo Anthony’s idol will have to wait until next year. King lives in Atlanta and has been doing a handful of games as color analyst on MSG Network’s telecasts this season. “It’s fair to say I’m quite disappointed,’’ King told The Post Thursday. “I was not selected this year with the 2012 class. Obviously, I’m honored to be a finalist. I think it would be a tremendous honor for my family if I’m inducted. It would be wonderful.’’ New York Post

March 29, 2012 Updates

Bernard King, former Nets and Knicks legend, was not selected as one of the Hall of Fame inductees, a league source told The Post. King has been on the ballot the past two years, and is currently an MSG Network broadcaster. The Hall of Fame will announce its inductees later Thursday. The Brooklyn native started and finished his career with the Nets, playing with them from 1977-'79 and again in 1993. 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. New York Post

October 18, 2011 Updates

Bernard King once made the adjustment from West to East when he joined the Knicks in 1982. And he thrived. So the former Knicks super star forward was dumb founded when he read Charles Oakley's comments in The Post that Amar'e Stoudemire won't be able to hack it with the Knicks because he's "a West Coast player" and his body won't hold up in the physical East. "I would not ad dress what Oakley said, those are his comments," King told The Post last night during an appearance at Steiner Sports in a Long Island mall. "I joined New York after leaving the Golden State Warriors. I played out West for two years. I was one of the top 10 players in the league and the East was a more physical conference. My game did suffer for it from injuries, but I became a better player in the East -- first-team All-Pro, MVP voted by the players. New York Post

March 26, 2011 Updates

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