HoopsHype Reggie Miller rumors

September 5, 2012 Updates

“I was also looking at point guard a little bit, too. But what happened was we were looking at Kevin Johnson, the now mayor of Sacramento (Calif.). Unexpectedly, Cleveland took him at seven. A lot of people were surprised because they already had Mark Price. I didn’t expect that to happen. I got word before hand that was going to happen. “Reggie and Johnson came the same day to visit us, so I met them both at the same time. Actually I thought Johnson brought out a lot of things about Reggie to cause me to admire him a lot. He showed he was a good guy. Up until then, there was all this funny stuff about Reggie out there, but after that visit I knew none of that was true. Any case, once we knew Cleveland was going to take Johnson then I started looking Reggie. Indianapolis Star

“I went to (former coach) Jack Ramsey and I gave him a film of Reggie and told him to watch him because I felt like he was a much better basketball player than a shooter. He was a scorer and he incredible basketball smarts. I had been over to Hawaii and I scouted him a lot to know that. Jack, the next day, came to me and said, ‘Let’s take this guy. This guy is good. He’s real good. That’s what we did.’ “I knew Reggie was the guy at a certain point in the process. I wasn’t going to stand up and say it. There was a lot of fan sentiment for Alford because they had just won the championship. The fans weren’t happy the year before when we selected Chuck Person. Chuck won Rookie of the Year and I think it’s pretty obvious that Reggie turned out to be a good pick.” Indianapolis Star

September 4, 2012 Updates

What's next in Miller's story? He enjoys his TNT TV gig but didn't rule out a front-office job with an NBA team. However, it might be tough to pull Miller from his native California. Talking on the phone from his home in Malibu, Miller said, "To the left, I'm looking at the Pacific Ocean. To the right, I've got the canyons where I mountain bike." The one who could possibly convince Miller to join an NBA team? Donnie Walsh, who returned to the Pacers as president this summer after Larry Bird resigned. Walsh could not be reached for comment. "I have an affinity for my Indiana Pacers," Miller said. "This will be a part of my speech. During my 18 years, I only had one general manager-president in Donnie Walsh. … Now that he's back in control with the Pacers, I'm very excited about that." USA Today

Reggie Miller knows exactly what he will be most proud of when he is inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. Not his 25,279 NBA points, 14th all-time. Not his 2,560 three-pointers made, No. 2 all-time. Not his 18-year career with one team, the Indiana Pacers. It will be that he and his sister, Cheryl Miller, will become the only siblings in the Basketball Hall of Fame entering as players. "I think it's more cool for the Miller family to have a brother-sister act in the Hall of Fame," he said. "That's what I'm most excited about because no one else can say that." USA Today

NBA TV will air a one-hour retrospective of Miller's career Tuesday (7 p.m. ET), which will include a segment with Lee. "When I watch some of those games against the Knicks and Spike Lee, I'll be, 'Oh my God, did I really do all that?' When you are in the moment, things happen," Miller said. All for a player who never picked up a basketball with the idea of immortality. "I didn't play the game to make the Hall of Fame," Miller said. "I never allowed myself to say, 'I need to be in there with Magic, Charles and Michael (Jordan).' That's not my personality. That's for others to judge and say, 'He belongs with them.' I never put myself in that category. Now, I'm happy, ecstatic and on cloud nine that people view me that way. But I never allowed myself to go there." USA Today

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In fact, if you were to go back for as far as ESPN keeps PPS data (1999-2000), Harden has the best single-season PPS of any NBA guard during the 13-year span, and Chandler’s 1.97 PPS is the best overall PPS in at least the last 13 years. To put Harden’s feat of 1.66 PPS as a guard into even more perspective, neither Michael Jordan nor Steve Nash nor Ray Allen ever broke the 1.5 PPS mark. And while dead-eye assassin Reggie Miller has broken 1.5 several times, he’s never cracked the 1.6 PPS mark. HoopsHype

May 3, 2012 Updates

LeBron James on Wednesday declined to fire back after Reggie Miller questioned him for reaching out to Hall of Fame players last summer, including Hakeem Olajuwon (who helped James with his post game), Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas. “This is one of the most physically gifted guys in our league,” Miller said on TNT. “He left Cleveland, and he had every right to join one of the top five players in the league in Dwyane Wade along with Chris Bosh. “Now he’s reaching out to Hall of Famers to see what it takes to win? Enough is enough. Go out and actually do it on your own. What do you need more help for?” Miami Herald

James said he wasn’t aware of Miller’s comment, but that “it’s good to have perspective from someone else’s point of view” about the playoffs, “their championship runs, their playing days in general.” Asked if he’s “good” with Miller — who will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September — James said, “I’m good with my family and teammates. That’s all that matters to me.” Miami Herald

April 20, 2012 Updates

Reggie Miller called you a perfectionist in an imperfect sport. Your memories of coaching Reggie Miller? He was the greatest clutch shooter I've ever been around, and one of the greatest competitors I've ever been around. It was no fluke that he lasted as long as he did with one franchise because he prepared, he practiced hard, he respected his teammates. ... I thought sometimes he was too unselfish almost to a point where he was hurting at times. But when I look back on it, I admire that trait because the way he played and conducted himself, he wanted to make his teammates feel that he believed in them and trusted them. He was amazing. Even when he retired, I think he could have played another five years. His body. ... people used to say he was thin and weak, not tough. He was strong and tough and competitive and he was a much better defender than most people imagined. NBA.com

April 3, 2012 Updates

Reggie Miller got the call last weekend that he had made the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2012. The Pacers' all-time leading scorer immediately phoned his sister, Cheryl, a 1995 inductee. "I can still hear her screaming in my ear," said a smiling Miller, 46, during Monday's Hall of Fame news conference in New Orleans. "She is a role model. She set the bar high for the family, and I'm just glad I'm on her coattails, dragging me along to the Hall of Fame." Indianapolis Star

Miller's No. 31 jersey is one of five retired by the Pacers. The others are for Daniels, Leonard, Roger Brown and George McGinnis. "Reggie's career speaks for itself, but he ranks at the top with any player at making end-of-game shots," said Pacers President Larry Bird. "I was fortunate enough to see it first-hand as a coach and his ability and leadership helped drive this franchise to another level." Former Pacers President Donnie Walsh, who drafted Miller out of UCLA with the 11th overall pick in 1987, was initially criticized for not choosing Steve Alford, the Indiana University legend. Miller quickly quieted critics. "There was a lot of tension (about) it on the draft, then I think after one or two years it died down and we didn't hear too much on it after that," Walsh said. "That was because of the way Reggie played." Indianapolis Star

April 2, 2012 Updates

Five-time All-Star Reggie Miller and longtime coach Don Nelson are among a dozen players, coaches and teams that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2012 was announced Monday in New Orleans, the site of the Final Four. Also elected were two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain, three-time college player of the year Ralph Sampson, four-time NBA champion Jamaal Wilkes, longtime referee Hank Nichols, and the All-American Red Heads, the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters. ESPN.com

March 23, 2012 Updates

The firm belief by those with a pulse on the situation: Simon is more apt to choose a marquee name like Reggie Miller or Chris Mullin as opposed to promoting the people on site, general manager David Moray or personnel director Kevin Pritchard. New York Post

February 25, 2012 Updates

Reggie Miller has a chance to nail his legacy, just as he did so many 3-point shots. The Indiana Pacers great with the smoothest of strokes was announced Friday as a first-time finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is one of 12 finalists for the class of 2012. ''When you're in the backyard and you're trying to play the 3-2-1 game, and you're trying to be the Iceman (George Gervin) and do the figure roll. ... Now to be on the same stage with these guys. It's just a great honor,'' Miller said. FOXSports.com

Miller, a five-time All-Star, was joined as a first-time finalist by five-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, former NBA coach Bill Fitch and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain. On the ballot again are Don Nelson, Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes and the All-American Red Heads, known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters and the first women's professional basketball team. Miller and Cheeks were the only finalists in attendance for Friday's announcement. ''I also played against these guys, and it's the highest honor. And to be selected would be an honor,'' Cheeks said. ''To get to the NBA was special for me. To have an opportunity to be elected to the Hall of Fame would just be an honor.'' FOXSports.com

February 24, 2012 Updates

Miller was joined Friday by three other first-time finalists _ five-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, former NBA coach Bill Fitch and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain. Previous finalists on the ballot again are Nelson, Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes and the All-American Red Heads, known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters and the first women’s professional basketball team. Washington Times

February 20, 2012 Updates

What have you taken from the Jeremy Lin phenomenon? Reggie Miller: "It's fantastic for the league. There are guys on the end of benches in high school, college and the NBA saying, 'If I just had that one shining moment. . . .' [Lin] was ready to be cut for Mike James, he got in that game vs. New Jersey and made the most of it. That's what I tell all the kids who come to my summer camps: 'You'll get a shot, it's about what you do with it.' Great story." Los Angeles Times

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