The 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame class has been decided and there are 12 names on the list. One of them is Bernard King. One of the most prolific scorers of his era, King had been waiting a while for his call. Before he got it, he was the only leading scorer in the NBA not in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
King’s best moments came in New York during his career, but King also spent time with the Utah Jazz, Nets, Golden State Warriors and Bullets. The four-time NBA All-Star and leading scorer in the NBA in 1985 finished his career with a scoring average of 22.5 points per game. His election in the Hall of Fame was well-deserved.
Bernard King joined WFAN in New York with Boomer and Carton to talk about when he found out he was going into the Hall of Fame, whether he was frustrated that he hadn’t gotten in prior to this, if he ever wonder what it would have been like playing with Patrick Ewing in New York and whether he has thought about who will introduce him.
When he found out he was going into the Hall of Fame:
“I actually found out on Wednesday of this past week. I received a call from the Hall of Fame and they indicated that I was joining the class of 2013 for induction into the Hall of Fame. I said, ‘I’m honored and I don’t know what to say.’”
Whether he was frustrated that he hadn’t gotten in prior to this:
“No, I never made a big deal about it. I did say to you guys at one point when I was on your show that I was the only leading scorer in NBA history that was not in the Hall of Fame, but beyond that this is just a very special time. Things happen at the right time and when they are supposed to happen. I’m just delighted to be amongst the greatest players to ever play this game that I truly love and have loved since I was a kid.”
If he ever thinks about what it would be like to be on the same team as Patrick Ewing:
“I saw Patrick last night. It’s always wonderful to see Patrick. The first thing I said to Patrick, I said, ‘Pat if we had played together, we would have won the championship.’ I say that every time I see him. That is the only regret I have in terms of my basketball career is that I never had the opportunity to play with Pat Ewing because I believe in my heart of hearts and he believes the same, that we would have won a championship together. And I will tell you what guys, also it was great to see Rick Pitino yesterday. Rick and I talk, Rick was my assistant coach when I was with the Nets.”
Have you thought about who is going to introduce you for the Hall-Of-Fame?
“I haven’t thought about it yet. You don’t look that far ahead. I never dreamed about the Hall of Fame. That is not something you can dream about, but it’s a reality now and obviously I’m very, very happy for my family and all those that support the Knicks and have supported me throughout my entire professional basketball career.”
If he had any hard feelings toward the Knicks for not bringing him back when he ended up going to Washington:
“I was not ticked off and I was not hurt. I lived the dream guys. If you think about a kid growing up in Brooklyn and removing snow from the courts and playgrounds with your sneakers and creating a spot where you can shoot from and you’re dreaming of playing for the Knicks and you fulfill that dream, you never feel bad about moving on. That is part of the game. I understood, and quite frankly, if I was a GM I wouldn’t have signed me either, because that was a huge risk they would have been taking. I understood it completely.”