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Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: February 18, 2011 11:30 am
Report: Reggie Miller fails to make cut for Hall of Fame finalists despite stellar career. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Indiana is not having an awesome sports stretch. Watched Duke best local heroes Butler in the Final Four, just months after watching Drew Brees do his thing on Peyton Manning. But nothing is really going to match the outrage that's likely raging across the Hoosier State this morning. 

The New York Times and Yahoo! Sports report that Reggie Miller failed to make the cut of finalists for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Which is, you know, kind of insane. 

Miller held the all-time record for three-pointers until a week ago when Ray Allen rained down. Miller played 18 seasons, all for the Pacers, back when guys still played their entire career for small-market teams. He was a 5-time All-Star, an Olympic Gold Medal winner, and is 17th All-Time in points scored in his career. Throw in all the huge moments, the fact that he's the reason we use the phrase "8 points, 9 seconds" (not just a blog, friends!) and make choking signs at Spike Lee, it's really hard to see where the voters were coming from on this one. 

The other candidates certainly had some worthy selections. Tex Winters, Dennis Rodman, Don Nelson,  Rudy Tomjanovich, and Dick Bavetta, and Spencer Haywood are all strong candidates. But outside of Winters and Nelson, who provided long-term contributions to the game that can't be replicated, is any of those candidates necessarily more worthy than Miller? Rodman is a top-three rebounder of all time, if not the best, but is also more known for his... ahem, eccentricities and was able to mosey on over to ride Jordan's coattails to titles. Hard to pinpoint that Miller wasn't his superior in overall play. 

The knock on Miller always comes back to the idiotic championship question. As if a player's singular talents can impact the dozens of things necessary for a player to win a championship including but not nearly limited to luck. We're not even talking about actually being voted in, here, we're just talking about making the cut. Voters didn't think that Reggie Miller, despite his place in the game's history, had enough to even warrant being a finalist. It is at this point we're reminded that no Hall of Fame is run under an adequate system.

Miller's numbers don't leap off the page, a career 18, 3, and 3 guy. But in his peak he was what made the Pacers a Finals contender and right up until his final season, he was part of what made the Pacers contenders. 

But that's all for naught, as he'll have to wait another year. 

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:35 pm

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Reggie couldn't hold me and I'm almost 52 yrs. old. But if you think about it George Gervin couldn't hold M.L. Carr ( I know I was there) but, he got in. So, I guess the voting process doesn't always make sense. I mean Bill Walton played two whole seasons (that's all really) but he got in, Even considered top "50 Greatest Players". What a joke!

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:26 pm

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Ol ballcoach youre an idiot.

Reggie Miller was a great defender, and a clutch scorer.

You say he obly averaged 22 points a game 1 time in his career.  Hes not a guard dipwad.  Hes not even a power forward which gets the ball passed down low frequently.  Hes a shooting forward which doesnt get the ball a lot.  But when he got it he shot it and made it.

He was clutch in big games.

He was an amazing free throw shooter one of the best all time.

He was an amazing 3 point shooter one of the best of all time.

For him to get the snub for the finalist of hall of fame balloting is complete bull. 

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:06 pm

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Reggie Miller only averaged more than 22 points a game once in his career and was not a great defender, rebounder or passer. He was a scorer, but only a very good one at that, not an all time great scorer.

While he had lots of exciting moments he was never a dominant player. He was Rip Hamilton with more range. Compare him to other players of his generation: He never made the all-nba first OR second team. The HOF committee made the right call.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:02 pm

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

The basketball hall of fame is only inducting 3 NBA players per year these days.  With all of the expansion and changes to the rules to increase offense in the past decade, guys who played in the 90's will largely get screwed because so their numbers are relatively deflated.  Rodman (5 rings, a bunch of rebouding titles, defensive player of the year) is a better candidate to symbolize what was "greatness" in the 90's, but Reggie should be a Hall of Famer.  I think they need to add AT LEAST one more slot for players. 

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:59 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Reggie Miller put the Indiana Pacers on the map!  It's laughable that he got beat out by Rodman (though I think a case can be made for Rodman too).  I'm sure he will get in eventually.  If he doesn't then the Hall is a joke.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:52 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Rediculous.  He is a hall of famer whether he gets into the hall or not

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:35 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

I'd probably be more worked up about this if I was a Pacer fan.  Should he have been a finalist in his very first year?  Yeah, probably, but he'll get in eventually.  I'm sure it's a blow to his ego and pride, but this has happened to great baseball players over the years and they seem to have survived.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:30 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Complete lunacy. Reggie Miller is the best shooter I've ever seen. Ray Allen might have taken his record, but I'd still take Miller. And he's not even a finalist? Not only should he be a finalist, he should walk into the Hall of Fame just as easily as any other shoe-in. I'm not even a Pacers fan (in fact, Reggie Miller killed my Bulls time after time), and this slight pisses me off. He's Reggie Miller! Eight points in eight seconds!! Come on!!!!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:29 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

Sergei A. Belov, Carol A. Blazejowski, Kresimir Cosic, Lusia Harris-Stewart...Just a few of the names among many in the Hall of Fame.

But, I mean I could definitely see why Reggie Miller doesn't deserve to mentioned in the same class as these four.

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 11:22 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

I think this is a pretty easy fix let's just take one of the 2 spots Dick Bavetta seems to have here and give one of them to Reggie this way everyone is happy.  I can't Imgaine Dick needs to make the cut twice.

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