On Sunday ex-Knick great Bernard King was inducted into the Naismith basketball hall of fame, capping off an incredible career, that was unfortunately cut short by injuries.
For a short time during the 1980’s King established himself as one of the leagues most lethal scorers, peaking during the 1984-1985 season in which he averaged an eye-popping 32.9 in 1984-85 and 34.8 points in the 1984 playoffs.
King’s reign at the top was cut short by a knee injury, but nearly everyone who saw him play marveled at his talent. Now, he’s among the greats — right where he should be.
Among other inductees were Jerry Tarkanian, who led UNLV to the 1990 NCAA championship, and Guy Lewis, who took the Houston Cougars to five Final Fours.
Also inducted Sunday into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame were former trash talking king Gary Payton, the only player with 20,000 points, 8,000 assists, 5,000 rebounds and 2,000 steals in NBA history. Former Knicks guard Richie Guerin also got the nod. Guerin, had former Celtics greats Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman present him, two players whom Guerin is famous for having epic playoff battles against while the Celtics were at the height of their power.