Bernard King May Get Long Overdue Day


— Sometimes the announcement of Hall of Fame candidates is routine. Sometimes there are surprises.

Then along comes a day like Friday when the voters for the Hall have a chance to right a wrong, correct an omission.

Two decades after Bernard King finally stopped terrorizing defenses as one of the greatest 1-on-1 scorers of all-time, the former great was named among the finalists for the North American committee.

It was a day and a step forward that many current Hall of Fame members said was long overdue.

“Bernard King. Bernard King. Bernard King,” said Dominique Wilkins. “I’ve been saying that for years. Bernard King. There should be no debate about it. Bernard King should be in the Hall of Fame.

“I don’t understand why he isn’t there yet. I tell you, I never feared anybody that I ever played against, but I lived in fear of him. The guy was a machine. You could not guard him 1-on-1. You can ask any of the greats of that era. You could not guard him 1-on-1. It was impossible.”

King averaged 22.5 points per game and shot .518 from the field over a 16-year NBA career. The 6-foot-7 small forward set a Nets rookie scoring record, was an All-NBA first teamer in 1984 and 1985 and led the league in scoring (32.5) in 1985.

In 1984 King gave one of the greatest Christmas Day performance ever, playing for the Knicks he scored 60 points, including 40 in the first half.

But somehow King has managed to get lost in the mist of time and slipped through the cracks of the Hall of Fame for the 15 years that he’s been eligible for induction in the Hall.

“Bernard King,” said Bob McAdoo. “I always said that I couldn’t figure that out. I would scratch my head. I’m glad he finally got nominated and now I hope he gets in. Man, Bernard King, he was the truth.

“I don’t know he’s not in already. That’s how it is, I guess. I have people that tell me all the time they don’t understand why I wasn’t (voted) in the top 50 in 1997). When they research they find I was the only MVP and only scoring champ that didn’t make it.

“It seems that sometimes are overlooked. I think that’s what happened. Man, Bernard King was the truth.”


  1. Mike goss says:

    Bernard King made the game look so easy……….he’s one of the best scorers in NBA history!
    ANYONE who looks at his game would agree. It isn’t a matter that he had personal problems or issues with a segment of society. Bernard King is one of the greatest players in NBA history!
    He tore his ACL when the surgery was still “iffy” …….. it was a shame to see it, but it happened to several great players back when technology was insufficient. Bernard just played the game with such finesse and quickness. He dunked simple; he scored simple; he made the game look normal for the common fan.
    Anyone who strived to be a great athlete can see the dynamic talent and efficency of Bernard King.
    I’m a track coach……”Sprezzatura” – make it look easy! that’s King B!

  2. Freddie says:

    Bernard King and JoJo White are long overdo cannot understand?

    • Ronnie says:

      Bernard King led the league in scoring while shooting over 50 percent from the floor. Bernard King helped the Knicks to be contenders for the title through his play. Basketball purists should have nominated him for the Hall of Fame long ago. Unfortunately, he didn’t try to sell him game to commentators but just allowed his game to speak for itself. Too many commentators, especially the newer breed, just did not listen to Bernard King’s game.

  3. King, King, King! It’s already travesty enough that he’s not already in-COMON MAN-VOTE HIM IN THIS TIME & IN A SPECIAL WAY!!!

  4. Bob M says:

    Bernard had some substance abuse problems and a brush with the law, but he came back and became the ‘King of New York.” I grew up watching Bernard on WOR channel 9, he was an amazing player. He is long overdue for the Hall of Fame. Everyone that has seen him play knows that he was something really special. I’m holding out hope that the voting committee votes him in.