Chris Dudley, who announced his intention to run for governor of Oregon, hopes to join an exclusive class of former Knicks who went on to serve in public office.

Sen. Bill Bradley, of course, leads the group, along with former congressman Tom McMillen, who had a brief stint in New York during the 1977-78 season.

Seeing former NBA players move into politics has become a trend here, with Dave Bing (Detroit) and Kevin Johnson (Sacramento) each recently winning mayoral elections in their respective cities.

Dudley played for the Knicks from 1997-2000 and was a key member of the team that made that NBA Finals run in 1999.

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