HoopsHype Reggie Miller rumors

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

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The biggest shock, however, is that former Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller was not selected as a finalist, but Rodman made the cut. “I don’t understand why Reggie Miller isn’t a finalist,” former Bears coach Mike Ditka said. “But it doesn’t matter whether I understand. Reggie Miller was a good all-around player. You take the gown away from the other guy, and he’s just another player. But Rodman played on championship teams, and he played with great players. Maybe that’s why they put you in there. I don’t know.” Chicago Sun-Times

“I’m not surprised that Rodman is a finalist,” TNT analyst Mike Fratello said. “What shocks me is that Reggie isn’t. Reggie stayed in college four years and came into the league with an outstanding work ethic and a tremendous personality. He was a tremendous competitor who represented the NBA with distinction and got to an NBA Finals. “But Rodman was a great rebounder/defensive specialist who helped some good teams win multiple championships. He deserves it. So while Reggie was a fine leader and one of the NBA’s all-time best three-point shooters, obviously, what this comes down to is championships.” Chicago Sun-Times

“Dennis won seven straight rebounding titles plus two defensive player of the year awards,” Pippen said. “Having played with him on three championship teams, including the team that won an NBA-record 72 games, he ranks among the game’s elite players of all time. He was our best front-line defender who consistently dominated players who were much bigger.” Chicago Sun-Times

February 19, 2011 Updates

Reggie Miller, believed to have been a leading candidate in his first year of eligibility, was not among the finalists. Miller, a five-time All Star, played his entire 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers and held the N.B.A.’s record for 3-pointers until Ray Allen broke it last week. “Reggie Miller, that guy’s a Hall of Famer,” said Bill Walton, who, like Miller, is a former U.C.L.A. great. “The Hall of Fame is about history, it’s about changing the course of history. I am flabbergasted, flabbergasted on a lot of fronts. Flabbergasted that Jamaal Wilkes is not already in the Hall of Fame, flabbergasted that Reggie Miller is not front and center here today. If I was in charge, things would be different.” New York Times

February 18, 2011 Updates

Hall chairman Jerry Colangelo is expected to announce changes to what has become an increasingly controversial balloting, mostly designed to give long-overlooked candidates a better chance of future enshrinement, NBA.com has learned. But it comes as several media outlets are reporting that former Pacers shooting star Reggie Miller, the leading candidate for enshrinement among players with NBA ties, did not even make the list of finalists — a very surprising development. Following 2010 developments that Dennis Rodman and Mark Jackson did not make it through the filtering process, Miller being left behind will surely put Hall officials on the defensive on their planned day of celebration. While Miller was never a lock for enshrinement — and there were similar doubts about Rodman and Jackson a year ago — to not even reach the finalists stage is shocking and wrong. NBA.com

The announcement will obviously increase calls for the NBA to start its own Hall of Fame as opposed to sharing the current operation with the college, international, women’s and high school game, a suggestion commissioner David Stern has previously rejected. There is a chance Colangelo today may decide to release vote totals for the first time, people with knowledge of his thinking said, but that is far from certain. More likely, he will enhance the veteran’s committee and tweak rules to give more long-retired players a better chance for induction while calling for better transparency of the process — but resisting a push to identify voters. NBA.com

Jackson, Bernard King, Chris Mullin, Don Nelson and Rodman has the most reason for renewed optimism. Other nominees via the North American committee include Maurice Lucas, 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 is up via the Veteran’s committee. Arvydas Sabonis and Sarunas Marciulionis are from the International committee, while Tara VanDerveer and Teresa Edwards are candidates from the Women’s committee. NBA.com

In a stunning result that likely will raise questions about the enshrinement process for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Indiana Pacers star guard Reggie Miller failed to make the list of finalists for the 2011 induction class, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Miller was considered this year’s most heralded nominee, but apparently did not receive the necessary votes to become a finalist in his first year of eligibility. The list of finalists will be officially announced Friday. Miller was a nominee in the Hall’s North American group, which requires him to appear on seven of nine ballots to become a finalist. Finalists then need to receive at least 18 of 24 votes from a different panel to be inducted. The inductees will be announced at the NCAA Final Four in April with enshrinement ceremonies likely scheduled for September. Miller spent all 18 of his NBA seasons with the Pacers and is regarded as one of the game’s greatest shooters. He retired in 2005 with the NBA’s record for most 3-pointers, which was broken last week by Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen(notes). Miller was a five-time All-Star, the Pacers’ all-time leading scorer and a gold medalist in both the Olympics and world championships. Yahoo! Sports

February 14, 2011 Updates

Whether he would like to see someone break his record: “The human part of me says, ‘No’ but I guess it depends who it is. Who it ends up being… It is just like anything when you see any major athlete or championship, you look at the Green Bay Packers and everybody was happy for the Packers because Aaron Rodgers is a good guy, talk about some of the people that were able to win and you saw on the spotlight on the national stage, you are happy for people that you know are good people and you are like, ‘Ok I feel good about that because he was a pretty good dude.’ I think that is the sentiment of people around, you want to see good things happen to good people so if it comes down to it somebody that was great and he set a great example his whole career and he made the league a better place from the time he got into it to the time that he breaks any record that is when you are like, man I am really rooting for that guy because he has been a solid character and good for the game most of his career, so if it is somebody like that I am all for it.’” Sports Radio Interviews

February 11, 2011 Updates

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