Tag:Reggie Miller
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:15 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 2:09 pm

Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame Finalists

Reggie Miller leads the 2012 Naismith Hall of Fame class of finalists. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

The 2012 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame candidates were announced Friday at an event during All-Star Weekend. The candidates are as follows: 

Reggie Miller: Last year's big exclusion. Miller held the record for all-time made three-pointers until Ray Allen broke it last season. Miller should be in by a mile. Miller finished his career as a 47 percent shooter despite being a three-point expert, where he was a 40 percent career shooter. He averaged 18 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds during his 18-year career. 

Mo Cheeks: Played eleven years for the Sixers and is currently an assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder after head coaching stints in Portland and Philadelphia. Another logical nominee, Cheeks was a four-time All-Star, a four-time NBA All-Defensive Team member, an NBA Champion in 1983 with Philadelphia, and lead the league in field goal percentage in 1975. 

Bernard King: Four-time All-Star, four-time All-NBA, finished second in MVP voting in 1984. Averaged 23 points and six rebounds on 52 percent shooting during a fourteen-year career. 

Bill Fitch: Two-time NBA Coach of the Year, NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics in 1981. 25 years of coaching in the NBA, including 944 wins, one of the true legends in coaching circles 

Dick Motta: NBA Champion in 1971 with over 1,000 victories at various levels of play. 

Don Nelson: Nelson is also not going to have any trouble, considering he has the most wins of any coach in NBA history. A .557 winning percentage over 2,398 games across over three decades in the league? Yeah, I'd say Nellie's good to go. 

Hank Nichols: Long-time official and "rule architect." 

Rick Pitino: Well, this is an NBA blog, so we'll leave that one alone and leave it to our Eye on College Basketball brethren

Jamaal Wikes: Four-time NBA champion, three-time All-Star, two-time All-Defensive team (second team). Career averages of 16 points and six rebounds on 50 percent shooting. 

Ralph Sampson: Three-time Naismith Award and National College Player of the Year Award winner. His work at Virginia is the stuff of legend. Three-time NBA All-Star. 

Katrina McClain: Two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time FIBA gold medalist. Two-time USA Basketball female athlete of the year. 

All-American Red Heads: The female version of the Globetrotters, basically. 

Many worthy candidates this year, but it also looks like the process for induction will be different next season. More on that in a bit. 
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:29 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 7:26 pm

2012 Naismith Hall of Fame candidates announced

Posted by Ben Golliverreggie-miller

Back in the pre-lockout days, basketball was this awesome sport where you could earn big money playing professionally if you were good. And, if you were really good, you might just make the Naismith Hall of Fame, a hallowed ground where basketball, and not basketball-related income, was center stage.

Despite the ongoing lockout, NBA.com reports that the pool of candidates for the 2012 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has been released.

Some of the biggest names include: Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller, Yugoslavian center Vlade Divac, NBA referee Dick Bavetta, former Philadelphia 76ers point guard Maurice Cheeks, long-time coach Don Nelson, 16-year NBA veteran Paul Silas, Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat point guard Tim Hardaway, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks point guard Mark Jackson, former New York Knicks forward Bernard King, former Houston Rocketse coach Rudy Tomjanovich, WNBA star Rebecca Lobo and Chicago Bulls executive Jerry Krause. 

Here's a longer list of nominees.

Al Attles, John Bach, Dick Bavetta, Maurice Cheeks, Lefty Driesell, Bill Fitch, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Curt Gowdy (contributor category), Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt (contributor), Mark Jackson, Bernard King, Jerry Krause, Reggie Miller, Dick Motta, Don Nelson, Billy Packer (contributor), Rick Pitino, Paul Silas (as a player), George Raveling (contributor), Mitch Richmond, Ralph Sampson, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Gene Shue, Jim Valvano (contributor), Donnie Walsh (contributor), Gary Williams, Paul Westphal (as a player), Jamaal Wilkes.

Naismith Hall of Fame finalists are usually announced during NBA All-Star Weekend, scheduled for February in Orlando, Fla., assuming that the festivities are not killed by the lockout. From there, another round of cuts to finalize the class comes in March.

Given his clear snub last year, Miller seems like the obvious headliner in this year's class. He's the biggest name among former players, has a lengthy track record of contributions on and off the court and provides a touch of star power, a necessary commodity every year. Pairing former teammates Miller and Jackson on the induction list could make sense too.

Divac will almost certainly fill the Arvydas Sabonis role, the biggest name international player whose global contributions to the game are undeniable. Lobo, similarly, would make a nice successor to last year's honoree Teresa Edwards, in terms of her college success and icon status.

After those three, Cheeks, an NBA champion, 4-time All-Star and exceptional two-way player might stand the best chance of induction. Hardaway was a 5-time All-Star and is best remember for his killer crossover, but he never enjoyed the postseason success that we generally associate with Hall of Fame players and he sparked a controversy back in 2007 when he made homophobic comments, which he has since apologized for.

Bavetta, the NBA's record-holder for most games officiated, is a wild-card; he will be surely be inducted at some point and it's just a matter of when, not if. Krause, the architect of the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls dynasty during the 1990s, has reportedly made many enemies among the basketball establishment and his candidacy may suffer for that fact.

The safe money on the 2012 class might be Miller, Jackson, Divac, Lobo, Cheeks and Bavetta plus ABA champion and All-Star George McGinnis representing the now-defunct league.
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:32 am
Edited on: August 18, 2011 9:42 am

Report: Reggie Miller on list for Bird successor

By Matt Moore

Indiana won't have Larry Bird to kick around forever. (And by "kick around" we mean "revere and overlook mistakes for.") Bird has made strong hints in the past that he's headed out the door sooner rather than later, despite having committed to the 2011-2012 season (should there be one). And in that instance, what's the plan for who takes over the Good Ship Pacers? Yahoo! Sports reports that a familiar face could be the next to helm the franchise. 
Simon has been canvassing people he respects – including his longtime former general manager Donnie Walsh – for opinions about how they believe Miller would do with the transition from television to management. Several people with longstanding ties to Miller and the Pacers are pushing Miller to pursue the job, and as one tells Yahoo! Sports: “He’s going to look hard at this, if it’s presented in the right way.”

Simon has considered this possibility for several years, sources said, and thinks the timing could be right to groom Miller to run his basketball operations. This is likely Miller’s one chance to ever run a team. And where else would he rather do it, but in the city, the state, where he became basketball royalty?
via Pacers owner eyes Miller to run team - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

Miller's not a popular announcer, often thought to provide too many obvious or goofy comments. But in Indiana, he's god-like. Miller has a number of things going for him which would make this a smart move. For starter's, he may not be popular with the players but he'll have their respect, as either an all-time great the kids are familiar with or as a player many veterans played with or against. He obviously has pretty good leadership skills, and a high-character roster is something he'd value, which is incredibly important for fans in Indiana, apparently.

But Miller doesn't hae any experience with the job. He may be fully familiar with the workings of the CBA (since everyone's probably starting from scratch on the next one anyway), but there's still a learning curve.  One thing that might help with that? Yahoo! reports that Simon the Owner is interested in bringing back Donnie Walsh, currently advising the New York Knicks after getting sick of dealing with everything Knicks-related (and New-York-media related, it seems). Walsh could give Miller the guidance necessary to become a great executive. It would be good for Pacers fans, good for Miller, and good for those that aren't a fan of him on the mic. Whether it works out is of course the bigger question. 

Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: February 18, 2011 11:30 am

Report: Reggie Miller denied for HOF finalist

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. 
Posted on: February 10, 2011 8:57 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 9:14 pm

Video: Ray Allen sets the all-time 3-point record

Posted by Royce Young

Seven thousand six hundred and eighty-three. That's how many points Ray Allen has piled up behind the 3-point line in his career, which gives him the NBA all-time record.

On a 3-pointer in the first quarter against the Lakers Thursday, Allen broke Reggie Miller's all-time record for 3s made by hitting his 2,561st. It came in transition on an assist from Rajon Rondo. A fitting play as nobody has assisted on more of Allen's 3s than Rondo.

About 35 percent of Allen's total career points have come behind the 3-point line. He hit his very first one Nov. 1 1996 in his rookie season playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. And it looked pretty much the same as the record-breaker. Perfect form, perfect release and nothing but the bottom. Nobody has ever had a purer release than Allen. If you could melt silk, a baby's bottom and a perfect glass of beer into a 3-pointer, it would totally be Ray Allen's technique.

Allen is a career 39.8 3-point shooter, has won the 3-point contest once (2001) and set this mark in just 15 seasons (Miller did it in 18). Allen has averaged 5.9 3-point attempts per game, making about 2.4 per contest. That's kind of ridiculous.

The most 3s Allen has ever made in one game is 10, coming in 2002 against the Hornets. He made eight in the first half. He also holds the record for most 3s in a single playoff game (nine) and season (269, 2005-06). The best 3-point percentage for Allen in a season is actually this one, where he's shooting better than 46 percent from deep.

You can certainly make the case for Allen as the greatest shooter of all time. He has the 3-point record, has insane percentages and his release is just money. He's been consistent and at 35, honestly he probably should get to 3,000. Jason Kidd is the next closest active player, and he's around 800 behind. More than likely Allen will put up a number that will never be caught.

So in terms of a "greatest shooter ever" resume, Ray Allen's looks pretty awesome. Kind of like his release.
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:27 pm

Former Suns GM Steve Kerr to call NCAA Final Four

Former Phoenix Suns GM Steve Kerr will call the 2011 NCAA Final Four. Posted by Ben Golliver. steve-kerr 

In a somewhat unexpected plot twist, CBS Sports has added to the announcing group for the 2011 NCAA Final Four, tabbing former Phoenix Suns general manager and TNT television commentator Steve Kerr to join the call. Other TNT favorites, like Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, will also be doing studio work during the tournament.

The championship tips-off with the NCAA FIRST FOUR on truTV Tuesday, March 15, with Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr calling the action, with Tracy Wolfson courtside. Nantz, Kellogg, Kerr and Wolfson will team up again when the tournament concludes with the Final Four and Championship game on Saturday, April 2 and Monday, April 4 on CBS Sports. Nantz will be covering his 26th Final Four and National Championship, Kellogg will be working both events for the third time, with Kerr joining to call his first Final Four and National Championship. Gus Johnson and Len Elmore, along with courtside reporter Craig Sager, will handle the call for the FIRST FOUR games on Wednesday, March 16, on truTV. 

Two studios, based in New York and Atlanta, will be used to cover all the action. Studio coverage will be anchored by Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson, who will share hosting duties during each day. Charles Barkley, Greg Anthony and Kenny Smith will provide analysis throughout the tournament alongside Gumbel or Johnson from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York. Analysts Reggie Miller and Seth Davis will join the New York studio rotation for the second week of the tournament. Matt Winer will host the studio coverage from Turner’s Atlanta studio with analysts Davis and Steve Smith.

While an outside-the-box move considering Kerr's lack of college basketball announcing experience, it's an easy one to co-sign. Kerr is as clear-headed, concise, knowledgeable and experienced as any color commentator working basketball games today, having mastered the art of not boring his listeners by revealing behind-the-scenes wrinkles or taking contrarian postures but backing them up fully. 

Kerr also played in the 1988 Final Four, shooting a ridiculous 57.3% from three-point land and making second-team All-American. So he comes to this booth with first-hand insight into what the players are going through, what they will be going through in their professional futures, what professional talent evaluators will be looking for from the players and as an experienced media professional with a firm grasp on storylines and drama. 

Kerr left the Suns somewhat abruptly last June, amidst rumors of mismanaged contract negotiations by owner Robert Sarver. 

As for Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and the gang? More is always better, even when Chuck is dancing. Hopefully Craig Sager turns down the volume on his wardrobe; after all, there will be kids present.
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2010 9:38 pm

Reggie Miller gives LeBron Being Hated 101

Legendary divisive player discusses playing as the villain as LeBron James prepares to eneter the lion's mouth Thursday night.
Posted by Matt Moore

"I used to encourage that, and I hope he takes this approach. I wanted to take the focus off my teammates, so I would do and say things," Miller said during a phone interview with The Associated Press. "When you have 20,000 people yelling and screaming at you, four other guys can concentrate on the floor. So every time I touch the basketball and everyone is yelling and chanting and doing things towards me, well four other guys can concentrate. I knew I could concentrate through that and I hope he takes that approach."
via AP News : News Herald .

Those are the words of Reggie Miller giving advice to LeBron James on relishing being a villain.

Miller clearly has a history of playing the bad guy in arenas like Madison Square Garden, but even he has never experienced anything like what James will face tomorrow night. Despite pleas from people like our own Greg Doyel (note: must-read), the Cleveland fanbase is a powder keg. There's just too much emotion over something they genuinely feel is personal.

The hatred for Reggie was theatrics, even in a much more violent era of the 90's, it's that kind of expression that probably kept the fans with some distance. As it stands James is set to face the expression of a city that has felt the brunt of the recession as hard as any city in America, which loves its sports teams as passionately as any but has also tasted bitter defeat time and time again, and who put too much in the hope of a (relatively) native son.

There's no Spike Lee who will be yelling in James' ear, instead it will be an army of likely-intoxicated, angry people venting their anger at a 25-year-old who embarrassed and hurt them in public. Whether it's reasonable or not, this is the reality. And while Reggie gained strength from that hatred from fans, those fans respected him. The kind of hatred LeBron's going to face? It's not respect. It's just going to be frightening.
Posted on: November 30, 2010 2:11 pm

A look at the 2011 Hall of Fame candidates

Posted by Royce Young

Nominees for the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame were released Tuesday and while the list is strong, there's just one slam dunk. And it's a guy that didn't do much of that, but instead holds the NBA record for most 3-pointers made (2560) and attempted (6486).

Reggie Miller heads the 2011 candidates with his first appearance on the ballot. Miller spent all 18 years of his NBA career with the Indiana Pacers, was selected to five All-Star teams, led the league in free throw shooting five times and was a two-time gold medalist in the 1994 World Championships and 1996 Olympics.

Nobody was more deadly from outside with even a breath of space than Miller, whose eight points in nine seconds is still one of the most incredible NBA feats of all-time.

Miller is pretty much a lock for the 2011 class, but who could join him? As Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com pointed out, with the lighter class this year, some players that have been overlooked in years past might have a better shot this time around. A few of note:

Mark Jackson:
He's third on the all-time assists list and after being left off the final ballot in his first shot at it. I think Jackson will probably end up being sort of basketball's Jim Rice. A qualified candidate that deserves to eventually be in, but someone that might have to wait a while.

Chris Mullin: Remember, the Basketball Hall of Fame isn't the NBA Hall of Fame. Not that Mullin didn't have a nice NBA career, but he's probably one of the greatest college basketball players ever. At St. John's he was a Wooden Award winner and All-American. And in the NBA, he was a five-time All-Star, was part of the 1992 Dream Team and the 1996 gold medal team, plus averaged 25 points a game for five straight years. But as mentioned by Howard-Cooper, Mullin has been a finalist the past four years and if he makes that list again this year but doesn't get in, he'll have to wait five years to be nominated again.

Don Nelson: At some point, Don Nelson is a sure-thing Hall of Famer. He's the NBA's all-time winningest coach and wouldn't you know it, just finished up his career in basketball (for now, at least). He wasn't the most beloved coach in NBA history but you can't ignore a guy that's on top of a list. Especially a list like "Most Wins Ever." That's kind of a big deal.

Bernard King: I'll be honest - I kind of assumed he already was a Hall of Famer. But because of injuries, King didn't finish with the type of gaudy career stats he otherwise would have. I think we should make a Sandy Koufax-ish exception here and put King in. He's one of the very best pure scorers the game has ever seen and when you're mentioned as one of the best at something, that's Hall of Fame material. And with the weak nominees, maybe this is his year.

Dennis Rodman: If it were all about what happened on the court, Rodman is a no-brainer. Maybe the game's most pure rebounder ever (led the league for seven straight seasons), a defensive wizard that was named to eight consecutive first or second All-Defense teams and a multiple-time champion, Rodman has a Hall of Fame resume. But of course there's the issue of his personality and who is and was off the court. When you're talking about people voting you in, that's an important aspect and something Rodman may not pass. Rodman wasn't even a finalist last season though and in this class if he doesn't make it, it might not look so hot for him in the future.

Maurice Lucas: Honestly, I'd hate for him to get in now. I just hate for great players to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after passing. It just sucks that they can't be a part of that great honor. But his family would surely treasure the honor and as a player, Lucas was as gritty and tough a guy this league's ever seen. Bill Walton called him the best player on the 1979 championship team and because of his recent passing, there might be a chance Lucas gets some sentimental votes. Not that he wouldn't deserve it otherwise though, because he really was a great player.

Other nominees include Jamaal Wilkes, Rudy Tomjanovich, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Tex Winter, Spencer Haywood, Maurice Cheeks, Ralph Sampson, Bill Fitch, referee Dick Bavetta, Rick Pitino, Joe B. Hall, Jim Valvano, George Raveling and Marty Blake, the long-time head of the NBA scouting bureau.

Chet Walker was nominated by the Veteran's committee. Arvydas Sabonis and Sarunas Marciulionis are candidates from the International committee (two very deserving nominees), while Tara VanDerveer and Teresa Edwards will be candidates from the Women's committee.

Nominees must receive approval on at least seven of nine ballots in the North American group, and five of seven in the others, to become a finalist, cuts that will be announced at All-Star weekend. Finalists will need to receive at least 18 of 24 votes from a different panel -- the names of voters are never released -- to be announced at the Final Four as an inductee.
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