King: Knicks can beat Heat

Newly minted Hall of Famer Bernard King firmly believes that his Knicks can get past the Heat.

“I certainly think that they have a chance to beat any team they face, whether it’s Miami or whatever," King said yesterday, according to a report in the New York Post. “The Knicks are a very deep team. They have a tremendous bench, and obviously in terms of their 3-point shooting, that puts tremendous pressure on the defense. It spreads the floor, and it allows [Tyson] Chandler to roll to the basket to get easy buckets around the hoop. I like their style of play, and I like the defense that they’re playing."

King, who was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, was born in Brooklyn and played four seasons in New York, averaging an NBA-best 32.9 points per game in 1984-85.

He said Monday that he likes the way the Knicks match up against Miami. The Heat have lost three of four meetings against New York.

“It’s all about matchups," King said. “I think they match up well. That’s what it’s all about is matchups -- not your record. When I was with the Knicks, we played Detroit in the first round. We weren’t supposed to win. We beat them. We faced the Celtics. They had four Hall of Famers. We weren’t supposed to be in that series. We took them [to] seven games. I think the Knicks match up well against the Heat, and I think the Heat know that. Obviously the Knicks are going to have to play at their highest level to beat them. Are they capable? Yes.”