A certified NBA legend, no player did more personal damage to the New York Knicks on the court than Reggie Miller of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. At times, it seemed like he made it his personal mission to tear Spike Lee’s heart out and step on it, and he did so with relish as one of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history. After 18 years, 25279 points, 1505 steals, and 47619 minutes played in the NBA, Reggie Miller is joining the 2012 class of the James A. Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
“This is awesome,” said Miller, who along with sister Cheryl Miller is the first brother-and-sister pair in the Hall of Fame. ”I don’t take moments like this for granted. I’m so honored to be part of this great evening with all these great players. It’s special for me because I’m going in with two men I grew up admiring so much, Jamaal and — I call him my uncle — uncle Mel Daniels.”
The 2012 class is a very impressive one. Joining Miller is fellow former ABA Pacer Mel Daniels, dominant center and three-time college player of the year Ralph Sampson, the winningest NBA coach of all time in Don Nelson, Nike founder and mad scientist billionaire Phil Knight, the first women’s professional team the All American Red Heads, two-time gold medalist Katrina McClain, longtime official Hank Nichols, first black NCAA All-American/basketball Olympian/NBA All-Star Don Barksdale, 7-time All-Star Chet Walker, and former Soviet women’s coach Lidia Alexeeva.
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