The official announcement isn’t until Monday, but word is leaking out about this year’s class for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. For example, Don Nelson is deservedly in.
Bernard King — Knicks legend and one of the better pure scorers the game has ever seen — did not make the cut with voters, reports the New York Post.
King has been a nominee five times, and is currently an MSG Network broadcaster… King was with the Knicks from 1982-’86. 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.
Don’t ask me why he didn’t make the cut — I’d have a better chance at explaining string theory to you than what the Hall of Fame voter guidelines are.
But rather than me telling you how great King was, how about Charles Barkley.
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We’re making the playoffs. I don’t care what anybody else says.
The Nets are on the right track given their asset constraints. Though worse than Lopez now, Russell – eight years younger and on a low-paying rookie-scale deal – is more valuable. Brooklyn made the favorable swap by absorbing Timofey Mozgov‘s awful contract, a wise use of assets considering the difficulty of attracting free agents. An aggressive offer sheet for Porter was a reasonable swing in that situation, as well.
But that’s all helpful in the long run. In the short term, the Nets are almost certainly stuck as lousy. Maybe they can sneak into the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference, but even that is a huge longshot.
Not that Lin cares what I say.
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Brooks was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 45th overall pick. The Grizzlies acquired him in exchange for a future second-round pick.
Brooks, 21, averaged 16.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a junior at Oregon last season. He was named the Pac-12 player of the year and helped Oregon earn its first Final Four berth since 1939.