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Reggie Miller
10/09/2012
USA - Reggie Miller inducted into Naismith Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD (NBA) - It was inconceivable after his playing days ended in 2005 that Reggie Miller would not walk into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, something he has just done at the age of 47.

The five-time NBA All-Star was one of the greatest shooters in the history of the game, a protagonist in many a victory for the Indiana Pacers, the NBA side he joined in 1987 and continued with his entire career.

There have been some headline acts in the NBA and Miller, despite never capturing a title, was certainly a main attraction whenever he ran onto the court.

When he entered the world in 1965, Miller did not look as if he had been born to thrill.

He had hip deformities which forced him to wear braces on both legs.

His legs eventually grew stronger, though, and lost the braces.

By the time he reached Riverside Polytechnic as a young teenager, it was clear that stardom was in his future.

He went on to play at American college basketball at UCLA and then, most famously, with the Pacers.

Miller was a member of the USA national team, too, capturing gold medals at the 1994 FIBA World Championship in Canada and 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

He also played on the ill-fated United States squad in front in Indianapolis in 2002 and endured a Quarter-Final exit.

It's only the good times that people will recall when it comes to Miller, though.

Among them was that incredible Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks in 1995, when Miller poured in 39 points and the Pacers won 93–86.

He had 25 of his points in the fourth quarter of that game.

Miller made several long 3-pointers in the final frame and had memorable verbal exchanges with Spike Lee, the filmmaker who had courtside seats at Madison Square Garden for all the Knicks games.

Another memorable Miller scoring eruption occurred in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals in 1994 against the Knicks.

He had eight points in 8.9 seconds in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, leading Indiana to a 107–105 victory.

The Pacers appeared to be headed for defeat when trailing 105-99 but with 18.7 seconds left, Miller caught an inbounds pass and drilled a three-pointer.

He then stole the inbounds pass, dribbled out to the perimeter and nailed another three-ball to knot the contest.

When the Knicks failed to score, Miller grabbed a rebound off a missed Patrick Ewing shot and drew a foul.

He made both free throws to give his team victory.

When Miller gave his speech at the induction ceremony, he paid an emotional tribute to his sister, Hall-of-Famer Cheryl Miller.

She won an Olympic gold with the Americans in 1984.

"There's one lady that deserves probably the biggest recognition of everyone for why I'm here," Miller said.

"Cheryl, you - a lot of people wish that they could be in a house with the greatest of anything.

"I just so happened to live across the hall from absolutely, positively the greatest women's basketball player ever.

"I'm proud to say that I'm not on this stage if it wasn't for you, Cheryl Dean.”

Cheryl Miller, Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson were the three presenters for Reggie Miller at the induction ceremony and stood near him on the stage.

"We as a Miller family are not held at a high level if it wasn't for you,” Reggie Miller said.

“We rode your shoulders all the way here. So thank you very much."

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