They are forever now. It’s official. It’s for real. Two basketball lifers, two New Yorkers, two Knicks, two men who owned two different incarnations of Madison Square Garden. Richie Guerin. Bernard King. One from The Bronx. One from Brooklyn.

Both, forever, of Springfield, Mass., now.

“This is the pinnacle,” said King, whose election was revealed officially yesterday, though The Post reported it on Friday. “There’s nothing higher than the Hall of Fame. You don’t go anywhere beyond that.”

Guerin has known since February, since the All-Star Game, when the Veterans Committee selected him, but he was just as moved, just as delighted when the Class of 2013 was officially announced yesterday on the morning of the NCAA National Championship Game.

“It’s a very happy moment for me,” Guerin said. “It means an awful lot to me. It’s something I’ve looked forward to my whole life, basically. I didn’t know if this would happen. This is a moment I’ll never forget.”

In their own unique ways King and Guerin share a kinship with Knicks fans and with each other. The Knicks who have enjoyed the most prosperity are the glory bunch of 1969-73, and the near-miss heartbreakers of 1993-2000, and even the Joe Lapchick teams of the early ’50s, the teams that assembled both franchise championships and all eight trips to the NBA Finals.

Guerin and King were different. For almost all of their tenures with the Knicks, they were often the only reason for folks to make the trek to the Garden. For Guerin, his office was the old Garden on 50th Street and Eighth Avenue, the one with the famous marquee out front and the layers of smoke that all but blacked out the upper grandstands.

For King it was the present Garden, on top of Penn Station, a room he would often fill with roars whose ferocity rivaled the trains grumbling underground, and his own famous visage when it morphed into something a generation of Knicks fans knew as Bernard’s Game Face.