Friday, April 5, 2013

Bernard King to be inducted to the Hall of Fame

Bernard King is finally going to get his rightful place in the Hall of Fame. Reports are indicating that the announcement will be made on Monday.

King is best known for his time with the New York Knicks, for whom he played from 1982-1987, a period during which he averaged 26.5 points per game. He began his career with the Nets in 1979 and finished it with them in 1993.

For his career, King averaged 22.5 points. He had a prolific 1984-85 season, averaging 32.5 points. He was was named to four All-Star Games.

King had been nominated six times.

I was lucky enough to watch King in his prime and have a lasting memory of him torching my hometown Detroit Pistons for 43 ppg in a 5 game series which the Knicks won.

Even though I'll never factor in a Hall of Fame voting, I've long been a supporter of King being in the Hall of Fame. 

It'll be nice to know that he'll finally get in.

Oakland U. poised to move from the Summit league to the Horizon league

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies reportedly will be moving from the Summit League to the Horizon League.

According to a report in the Green Bay Press Gazette, the Horizon League will soon announce that Oakland, currently a member of the Summit League, will switch to the Horizon, joining Detroit Mercy.

The move will make sense for them as their teams will no longer have to make long road trips to Kansas City and South Dakota and saves on travels costs.

No one has confirmed the move but Rob Demovsky reports that Oakland's move is "a done deal" and that current Horizon League member Illinois-Chicago will move on to the Missouri Valley Conference.

If this holds true it would give the Oakland basketball program a little more visibility and would spark a rivalry with Detroit Mercy.

Vladimir Guerrero signs with independent league team

The best bad ball hitter in baseball has found a place to play. Vladimir Guerrero has signed to play with the independent league's Long Island Ducks. 

I'm sure this isn't what Guerrero had in mind when he decided that he wanted to stay in the game, but it's fairly obvious that he loves baseball.

Guerrero was looking to land a minor league deal in hopes of latching on with a major league club this season. I'm sure he's looking to show he has something left and he'll attract some major league interest.

Guerrero was last seen trying to catch on with the Toronto Blue Jays, but left the team after he wasn't called up from the minors. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011.

If Guerrero shows he can still swing it maybe he could attract some interest from teams looking to add a bat off the bench. I have a feeling he won't quit trying until no one gives him a chance.