HoopsHype Reggie Miller rumors


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

What's it like being an All-Star — the perks, benefits, the whole experience? Reggie Miller: "There's two different levels. Getting voted in by the fans, which can be a popularity contest decided by a guy in his basement clicking 'Reggie Miller' a million times, and being a reserve selected by coaches. To me, it means more going in when selected by your peers. It was always exciting to be one of the 24 guys out of the 300-plus in the league selected to put on a great spectacle. Los Angeles Times

August 22, 2011 Updates

Whether or not the legendary Pacers sharpshooter and current TNT analyst is headed back to Indianapolis as a general manager or in another front office capacity remains to be seen. Miller addressed the situation this afternoon in a statement given to NBA.com, leaving the door open for a possible return to the franchise, city and state he called home during his storied 18-year NBA career: “After playing my entire 18-year career and spending the better part of my adult life affiliated with the Pacers; I’m honored to be mentioned as someone Mr. Simon, whom I respect a great deal, would consider for such an important role within the organization. I have had no formal discussions or meetings at this time with Mr. Simon or Pacers management.” NBA.com

August 21, 2011 Updates

Miller may eventually become president of the Pacers one of these days, but if Simon has his choice at the moment he’d rather have Bird stay in his current position as long as possible. When asked via email if he or anybody else has talked to people, including Donnie Walsh, to get their thoughts about Miller in the Pacers front office, Simon said, “No..hoping Larry stays as long as he wants.” Indianapolis Star

Miller has spent the past six years working in television, not learning how to run a team. I agree with Wojnarowski that Walsh would be a good person for Miller to learn from. Having Miller return will likely bridge the gap between some of the “old” Pacers and the current group. Miller hasn’t been seen much around Conseco Fieldhouse since he retired, according to sources. I’ve only seen Miller at the fieldhouse three times since he walked off the court in May 2005. Once for a TNT game, his jersey retirement and during his documentary premiere. Indianapolis Star

August 18, 2011 Updates

Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon has heeded Larry Bird’s private and public proclamations that Bird is working his final year as the team’s president, that his staying through the lockout had been a favor to his boss. As Simon investigates possible succession plans, there’s one candidate emerging over everyone else: Pacers legend Reggie Miller. Yahoo! Sports

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? Yahoo! Sports

And the reason Simon could bring Miller, with no executive experience, to the Pacers is the same reason he brought Bird and Thomas to Indianapolis: the chance for Walsh to mentor Miller. “Herb really wants that to happen,” says a league official with close ties to Miller and Walsh. Yahoo! Sports

Walsh is extremely fond of Miller, and sources say Simon believes Miller could evolve into a good basketball executive. The possibility of teaching him the trade, the craft, and eventually handing the Pacers over to Miller is intriguing to Walsh too, sources said. Miller isn’t the only choice, because there’s one more ex-Pacer that the owner and Walsh have a fondness for: Chris Mullin. Walsh wanted to hire Mullin with the Knicks, but ownership wouldn’t allow it. Still, Reggie is Reggie in Indiana. There’s no more magical pro basketball name there. Yahoo! Sports

June 7, 2011 Updates

Reggie Miller: Great day to be a Golden St Warrior fan, my good friend Mark Jackson is taking over the reigns as Head Coach. Fasten your seat belt people!! Twitter

May 17, 2011 Updates

Speaking on a conference call Monday in conjunction with his network's coverage of the NBA Eastern Conference finals between the Heat and Chicago Bulls, Miller said he thought criticism has been over the top regarding the Heat's celebration after closing out the previous round against the Boston Celtics. "I had zero problems with the way the Heat handled their postgame celebration over the Boston Celtics," the former Indiana Pacers star said of last Wednesday's postgame scene at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I was in the very same boat when we finally beat the New York Knicks in '95. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 14, 2011 Updates

The Western Conference finals belong to ESPN. That means Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy courtside, with Stuart Scott, Michael Wilbon, Jon Barry and Magic Johnson in the studio. TNT owns the rights to the Heat-Bulls Eastern Conference finals, with Marv Albert, Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller courtside. Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley will be in the studio, with guest appearances from Kevin McHale and Chris Webber. Charlotte Observer

April 19, 2011 Updates

Miller says he was "very surprised" Collins traded in his TV headphones to coach the 76ers. "He was always emphatic that his coaching days were behind him. But he always had that little twitch in his eye." USA Today

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