First, Ray Allen broke Reggie Miller’s all-time record for three-point shots made. The former Indiana Pacer was appreciative and appropriately congratulatory, but you have to know it burned him up inside.
The newest sleight, however, is worse. Miller won’t be on the finalist list for the 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class. According to sources, he fell short of the 18 of 24 votes needed from the Honors Committee, a secretive group “consisting of Hall of Famers, basketball executives, members of the news media and other contributors to the game.”
New York Knicks president Donnie Walsh reacted to the news in the same manner the general public did.
“I just know this, if he’s not a Hall of Fame guy, I don’t know who is. He took a very troubled franchise and ended up in the Eastern Conference finals six times,” Walsh said of Miller. “That’s pretty impressive for a guy who weighs about 185 pounds, and in the years that he did it, he was a marked guy and he relished it. I feel very thankful to Reggie to what he did for the Pacers and I just feel he deserves that honor, whether it comes now, later or whatever.”
Of course, Walsh was the Pacers executive that drafted Miller out of college, but he has a point. Get Reggie in the Hall.