Mar. 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NBA former player Bernard King attends the game between the New York Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden. Thunder won 95-94. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Hall of Fame Class: Bernard King finally gets the call

Finally.

That’s all I can really say about the latest report that says former New York Knicks forward Bernard King will be among the members of the 2013 NBA Hall of Fame Class.

January 13, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks former player Bernard King gestures to the crowd during the second quarter of an NBA game against the New Orleans Hornets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It’s extremely long overdue.

Nothing is official until Monday when it all gets announced in New York but these things tend to leak out early as the players have already been called and according to the New York Post, King has finally gotten that call.

King was one of the great pure scorers ever to play in the NBA, ad played with the Knicks from 1982-87, although his career was shortened by knee trouble.

“The King “averaged 26.5 points during his Knicks career and had been nominated for the Hall of Fame six times. The Brooklyn native started and finished his career with the Nets, playing with them starting in 1977-’79 and again in 1993.

The small forward averaged 22.5 points per game in his career and a career-high 32.9 for the Knicks in the 1984-’85 season.

Current Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony has mentioned King as his idol several times and had said that King was a “no-brainer” to get into the Hall of Fame. Even though it took a little longer than it probably should have, King is heading exactly where he belongs- with the game’s greatest of all-time.

Other names to leak of have included Gary Payton (via Pro Basketball Talk) and Spencer Haywood (via Fox Sports Florida).

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