Basketball: KJ voted to Bay Area Sports Hall

Kevin Johnson has been voted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Amazingly, he is the first pure Cal basketball player to get the nod.

Johnson left Cal as the school’s career scoring leader, then blossomed further during a superb career in the NBA. He now serves as mayor of his hometown of Sacramento.

Other 2012 inductees are former Stanford and 49ers receiver Gene Washington, ex-Raiders quarterback and coach Tom Flores and golfer George Archer, winner of the 1969 Masters.

The late coach Pete Newell was inducted into the Bay Area Hall in 1984 and quarterback Joe Kapp, who played a token role in basketball, earned a spot in 2004.

But the Bears have no other member who was strictly a Cal basketball player.

Who will be next?

Probably Jason Kidd, after he retires. Perhaps someday Darrall Imhoff, centerpiece of Newell’s 1959 national championship team, will get the call.

Can’t think of anyone else with a realistic chance. Can you?

Jeff Faraudo