Ex-Knick Bernard King to join hoops Fall of Fame

Former Knick Bernard King (30) shooting a basket

Former Knick Bernard King (30) shooting a basket against Detroit in 1984. (Paul J. Bereswill) (Credit: Former Knick Bernard King (30) shooting a basket against Detroit in 1984. (Paul J. Bereswill))

Former Knicks star Bernard King was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with six others, it was announced Monday.

“I would certainly love to say it was a dream, but you can’t dream of something like this,” King told The New York Times Monday.

King, who scored 19,655 career points, played 14 seasons including four with the Knicks, and three of his four All-Star selections came with the team.

The Brooklyn native led the NBA in scoring when he averaged 32.9 points for the Knicks in 1984-85.

His 26.5 ppg as a Knick ranks second in team history.

He still holds the Knicks’ record for points in a game with 60 on Christmas Day in 1984.

King, who starred at Fort Hamilton High School in the 1970s, might have had even more impressive numbers if not for various injuries and struggles with alcohol abuse during his career. He missed two entire seasons and was limited to less than 20 games twice as a pro.

King, 56, is joined in the class of 2013 by fellow New York native Rick Pitino, who coached Louisville in the NCAA championship game last night.

Gary Payton, Jerry Tarkanian, Sylvia Hatchell, Guy Lewis, Dawn Staley were announced yesterday, and Edwin E.B. Henderson, Roger Brown, Oscar Schmidt, Richie Guerin, Russ Granik were announced previously.

The induction ceremony will be held on Sept. 6-8 at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

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