Reggie Miller was one of the most famous basketball players in the NBA from the mid-90s until the mid-2000s. He made it to one NBA Finals with the Indiana Pacers, won two gold medals with Team USA and — oh yeah — retired as the NBA’s all-time leader in made three-point field goals. He’s had several signature moments on the court, he made five All-Star teams and three All-NBA third teams. If ever there was a shoe-in Hall of Famer who is not considered one of the best players of all-time, it’s Reggie Miller.
Except, whoops, not so much. He didn’t even make the final ballot. From Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:
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.
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.
Weird, right? You would think of all the guys in this year’s potential class — Dennis Rodman, Mark Jackson, Chris Mullin, Ralph Sampson, other guys of this caliber — Reggie Miller would be the obvious choice. Heck, on the NBA’s own website he was the lead candidate. This should have been Reggie Miller’s year, but not anymore. Very strange.
Maybe voters were turned off by his aversion to defense. Maybe they’re docking him for no longer holding the three-point record. Maybe it’s because he never won a title. Maybe they hate his broadcasting that much. (A very likely possibility.) Who knows? All we know is that Reggie Miller isn’t going in to the Hall of Fame on his first try, something that a similarly decorated player like Clyde Drexler did easily.
Now, Reggie Miller will get in to the Hall of Fame eventually, maybe as soon as next year. But that still doesn’t take away from the shock of reading on Twitter that he didn’t make it his first time. I’m guessing it was the broadcasting. The less he’s on the mic, the better.