Best Brooklyn-Born NBA Players of All Time

Posted on: March 25th, 2013 by Rick Barry1971 Comments

Bernard King

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The former Nets and Knicks superstar -- 19,655 points lifetime -- attended Ft. Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge.


  1. avatar Chris Whalen says:

    Great, interesting read, but Red Auerbach should be here. I know he wasn’t a player, but he left a huge impact on the NBA.

    1. avatar WynnDuffy says:

      We differ in our opinions here.

      I despised Red immediately when I started following the NBA 50 plus years ago.

      If I had still been in Manhattan when Auerbach died, I would had thrown a “Red Is Dead” party (I had been waiting for so long).

      Trading Bernard was the 2nd or third worst move the Nets franchise ever made. I blame Kevin Loughery for that, and truly understand why no team would even give KL a feeler to be an NBA coach since the ’80s

      1. avatar Chris Whalen says:

        I understand your hatred for Red, he made himself very easy to hate. But you can’t discount his role as head coach(and really, he did everything) of the greatest NBA dynasty ever. Love him or hate him, you have to respect Red, his knowledge of the game, and his impact on the NBA.

        1. avatar WynnDuffy says:

          Yeah, I imagine you’d have to respect Hitler too, for all he accomplished.

          1. avatar Devin Kharpertian says:

            Godwin’s law: activated

            1. avatar M I K E says:

              LOL…I heard Hitler only played with one ball…Maybe he would a made a great Nets coach.

            2. avatar WynnDuffy says:

              Should Hitler be respected for his accomplishments?

              Hell, Mussolini got the trains to run on time.

        2. avatar WynnDuffy says:

          Yeah, I guess you have to give Hitler credit for what he accomplished while he was GM of Germany.

          1. avatar M I K E says:

            I love how everybody always blames the poor GM and Coach.

  2. avatar Rick Barry1971 says:

    He does seem to have a good Brooklyn pedigree. Says Wikipedia:

    Here’s a piece from BrooklynRail about Red’s Brooklyn roots:

  3. avatar M I K E says:

    It’s funny how when I was growing up everybody wanted to get as far away from Brooklyn as possible and now everybody wants to get in…Live long enough and everything comes full circle.