February 24, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; NBA TV host Vince Cellini talks with basketball hall of fame 2012 finalist Reggie Miller during the NBA Hall of Fame press conference at the Hilton Orlando. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Reggie Miller: Hall of Famer

As a Pacers fan, it feels so good to hear those words.  Growing up in Indiana and watching the Pacers, I knew what a great player Reggie Miller was.  As time wore on, I felt like the rest of the NBA realized what a great player he was.  For me, his importance goes beyond stats for this Pacers team.  Just think, people at the time Reggie Miller got drafted thought the Pacers should have selected Steve Alford.  Well, we end up seeing how that played out.  Reggie Miller Hall of Famer.  Steve Alford played in a total of 169 games.  The Pacers made the right decision for this franchise.

You can point out that Reggie Miller only went to one NBA Finals, and never won the big one.  But I can point right back to see that Reggie put the Indiana Pacers on the map with his play.  We all have seen the famous choke sign to Spike Lee against the Knicks in the playoffs.  We all have seen the 8 points in 9 seconds clip.  We have seen Reggie become emotional on the court going up against Michael Jordan.  We have seen Reggie and John Starks butt heads in the heat of a playoff battle.  When it came time to play, Reggie Miller came to play in the playoffs. If that’s what people want to count the most, then Reggie has earned all the respect and accolades for his career.

You remember his shooting form, and how every time you felt the ball was going in.  As a fan of Miller, you remember the kick out and how he could draw a foul just about every time.  If you weren’t a fan, you hated that kick out move.  Once again, the emotion of Reggie Miller came out when he was playing.  You knew that he wanted to go out and win each time.  I can still remember Miller jumping around after the Pacers were heading to the NBA Finals.  That was a moment that lives in Pacers history.

We can talk about where his place is as far as shooting guards of all time goes.  His place in the overall grand scheme of great players.  But there’s one thing that everyone can say about Reggie Miller, he’s now a member of the Hall of Fame.  For us fans of his, that mean it’s Miller Time.

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