Reggie Miller gave a super speech upon his induction to the Naismith Hall of Fame Friday night. He was warm, funny, self-deprecating, and yet still so confident in his own abilities and impishly proud of his constant needling. He told stories about being abused by Michael Jordan and what the game has meant to him. He also shared a very emotional moment with his sister, Cheryl.
Miller also finally owned up to pushing off on Greg Anthony in the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals, but justified it by talking about how Michael Jordan, who was in attendance presenting Phil Knight, also did it “all the time.”
It was a funny, touching tribute from one of the best three-point shooters of all time. Reggie Miller finally got his moment in the sun, and he handled it with grace, class, and still managed to entertain everyone watching. So much like his career.
Former Magic player Keith Appling arrested for third time in four months
Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was arrested after a traffic stop Sunday, his third arrest since May, Detroit police said.
Appling, 24, was pulled over at about 9 p.m. on the city’s east side after driving away from a traffic stop, and a gun was found in a bag on the side of the road, according to an Associated Press report.
Kyle Lowry wishes Bismack Biyombo a happy 48th birthday
The FIBA Hall of Fame (not to be confused with the Basketball Hall of Fame, which is not to be confused with the NBA Hall of Fame, which doesn’t exist) enshrined Hakeem Olajuwon and David Stern in its 2016 class.
Olajuwon won a gold medal with Team USA in the 1996 Olympics. A Nigeria native, he has helped promote basketball in Africa.
After growing the sport’s popularity stateside, Stern pushed to globalize basketball as NBA commissioner.
The over-riding objective of the Hall of Fame is to reflect the history of the sport.
The honour may be awarded posthumously.
The key conditions for induction to the FIBA Hall of Fame are:
• Outstanding achievement at the international level from a personal effort or initiative
• Having contributed to the performances of players, technical officials, coaches, and administrators or to the global development of basketball.
Olajuwon and Stern seem to fit the bill.
Now, if only there were a Hall of Fame that appropriately recognized NBA achievements.
Blake Griffin went back to Oklahoma for alumni weekend, heard Thunder recruiting pitch