Ex-Knick Richie Guerin elected to Hall of Fame

Richie Guerin of the Knicks. (June 28, 1963)

Richie Guerin of the Knicks. (June 28, 1963) (Credit: Handout)

HOUSTON -- Former Knicks great Richie Guerin has been elected to the Naismith Basketball Memorial Hall of Fame. Bernard King is a finalist again.

Guerin, a six-time All-Star who played for the Knicks from 1956-63, was directly elected by the Veterans Committee.

"I'm very happy, delighted to say the least," Guerin said from his home in Palm Beach, Fla. "You keep hoping something will happen, and obviously it did."

King, a four-time All-Star, is among 12 finalists, and Carmelo Anthony doesn't see how he can be left out. "He should be in there, without a doubt," he said. "He should have been in there a long time ago.''

Other finalists are Tim Hardaway, Gary Payton, Mitch Richmond, Spencer Haywood, Maurice Cheeks, Guy Lewis, Rick Pitino, Jerry Tarkanian, Tom Heinsohn (as a coach), Dawn Staley and Sylvia Hatchell.

The others directly elected were Roger Brown (ABA Committee), Edwin B. Henderson (Early African-American Pioneers Committee), Oscar Schmidt (International Committee) and former deputy commissioner Russ Granik (Contributor Direct Election Committee).

For starters

East coach Erik Spoelstra announced that Heat forward Chris Bosh will replace injured Celtic Rajon Rondo in the starting lineup. LeBron James will start at point guard with Bosh, Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Garnett.

Anthony was asked if he had any problems being teammates with Garnett after their dust-up at the Garden last month. "Oh, hell no," Anthony said. "We just had a meeting. We spoke, we talked. This is a fun weekend. That [stuff] was over that day."

Buzzer-beatersFormer Knick Jeremy Lin, who is competing in the Skills Challenge Saturday night, said he likes Steve Novak's chances of winning the three-point shootout. "Novak doesn't miss," Lin said. "Hopefully he hits 23 out of 25, something insane."

With Mark Herrmann

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