Bernard King joins Tim Hardaway, Gary Payton as finalist for Hall of Fame


bernard-kingFormer Tennessee All-America Bernard King is again one of 12 finalists announced Friday for election into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

King was a finalist for the first time in 2004, and was a finalist four other times.

He was a three-time SEC player of the year. King averaged 25.8 points and 13.2 rebounds in three seasons with the Vols, and made two NCAA Tournament appearances.

In his 14 seasons in the NBA, Bernard King averaged 22.5 ppg and 5.8 rpg in 33.7 minutes per game.

He reached a personal record in 1984-1985, averaging 32.9 points per game for the NY Knicks.

During his career, King played for New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, NY Knicks, and Washington Bullets.

A 4-time All-Star, King played in 874 NBA games, starting in 547 of them.

Other finalists are former NBA players Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Maurice Cheeks and Spencer Haywood; former Houston Cougars coach Guy Lewis; Louisville coach Rick Pitino; former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian; North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell and five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley.

Brazilian great Oscar Schmidt, former NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik, former ABA star Roger Brown, six-time All-Star Richard Guerin and Edwin Henderson, a black player from the early part of the 20th century were directly elected for induction.

The rest of the 2013 class will be announced at the Final Four.

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