An ever so strong, overwhelming, and assertive presence offensively, Bernard King is truly one of the best scorers to ever play the game of basketball and hit the NBA hardwood. Not many have been able to do it quite like he did. For that, King deserves the honor he achieved this year of being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Still, along with his tremendous scoring prowess also came his lingering injuries problems throughout the years. As Knicks fans know all too well, such issues put a ceiling on what King was able to accomplish during his time in the Big Apple.
The two years he spent as a Knickerbocker teammate with Patrick Ewing were filled with speculation and the hope that the pair could (nearly fifteen years later, at the time) bring an NBA championship back to New York City.
Injuries prevented the two from doing so, but that didn't prevent fans from having loyalty towards and having love for King. He's well respected amongst Knickerbocker circles of all kinds in 2013, and the feelings are mutual.
Back in late 2011, KnicksJournal.com spoke with King about the state of the Knicks. In this still relevant piece, the former forward goes on to discuss his favorite memories as a New York Knick. Clearly, such thoughts are still interesting to see him reflect upon, even in 2013.
What's more, King also told us at the time that New York should have been more focused around building depth around the likes of Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. Though Stoudemire is all but out of the picture for the Knicks (with regard to the type of impact he stands to make), it's obvious New York has taken King's advice again and again over the last two years as they build a complete squad. Depth is crucial to bringing home an NBA title.
In any event, while celebrating King's induction into the Hall, be sure to take a look back at our interview for an exclusive look at how King met Anthony for the first time, and other intriguing nuggets of prospect from (the) King.
Congrats to #30! Well deserved.