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Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 2:05 pm  |  43 responses

2012 Hall of Fame Finalists: Reggie Miller, Bernard King, Don Nelson


Reggie, Bernard and Don are just three of the finalists for this year’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class. Other notable names include Rick Pitino, Maurice Cheeks, Bill Fitch, and even Nike chairman Phil Knight. Per the AP: “Five-time NBA All-Star Reggie Miller and Don Nelson, the league’s winningest coach, headline the list of 12 finalists for the 2012 class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Miller was joined Friday by three other first-time finalists — five-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, former NBA coach Bill Fitch and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain. Previous finalists on the ballot again are Nelson, Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes and the All-American Red Heads, known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters and the first women’s professional basketball team. The class of 2012 will be announced April 2 at NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election.”

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  • oh god…they’re actually going to induct reggie miller. They might as well open the doors to anyone who made the third team.

    Also I’m probably going to get some angry reply from a little kid who watched his youtube videos and claims that miller was a dominant player in the 90s.

  • marc

    so your just discrediting what he did?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    What a great list. Why’s Reggie on it? lol

  • bike

    Reggie deserved the nomination up until the point he became a broadcaster. His broadcasting ability alone is reason to yank him.

  • BoWeezy24

    Hes Nominated Because of Basketball and Not Broadcasting.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    lol at some of ya’ll suggesting Reggie Miller’s abilities as a color commentator are so bad, it kept him from getting in on the 1st ballot.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I hope Bernard King finally makes it. And is Reggie Miller’s HOF status really being questioned?

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Let’s do this: Those for Reggie getting in, give reasons why. Those against, same drill. I’m on the fence and I’d love to hear someone convince me one way or the other.

  • Mo

    If Reggie gets in then we should look at Joe Johnson as a HOFer. I mean lets be honest — Reggie was not really elite. He had some good, important clutch moments in a couple of playoff series but not much else:
    streaky shooter, horrible defense, horrible around the basket, never made First or Second Team NBA (usually a requirement with modern guys). He made a lot of threes. That’s the best complement I can give him. Really good player, but not a HOF’er. It won’t be an outrage if he gets in but he really shouldn’t.

  • shutup

    Well Reggie was like the 5-6, maybe 7-8,……. like top 15 player in his era and he lead the Pacers to how many Finals? oh wait, I dont think they ever made it to the Finals. IDK, I just hop Bernard King gets in, have much repsect for his game, dude was a monster.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Well said Mo. How great of a career a player has should determine how long that player waits in line to get in the HOF Club. Just being a finalist should be an honor in and of itself.

  • 23

    Reggie made it to 1 nba finals. Against shaq and kobe. I’m not sure if it was reggies team or jermaine’s.

  • Mr. Wet

    The guy was a great player that played in the Jordan era, Was the all time three point leader until last year, and put up some really good numbers. I saw twice as many people on her last year argueing that he should have been in. I’m actually quite surprised that there is this many people upset this year. The guy is HOF for those Knicks series alone.

  • robb

    Nobody deserves it more than Bernard King.

  • Random

    For all those haiting on Reggie miller, you really don’t watch basketballl. Other than his first two seasons he’s been in the playoffs every year. Y’all can go to basketball reference and check his playoff avgs, he just played legendary in big games. Ppl need to stop focusing on regular season awards and look at his whole body of work. Including college and playoff career. He was 5x all star, 3 time allnba, Olympic gold medalist, and gold medalist at world championships.

  • Will

    People need to stop commenting on things if they don’t know jack about it. Yes, Reggie made the finals, you dummy. And the year Reggie made the Finals, it was HIS team. And FYI: the Pacers made the Finals in 2000. Jermaine O’Neal didn’t get traded to the Pacers until the offseason of that year. And think about this: I’m pretty positive that the 97-98 Indiana Pacers led by Reggie is the only team to give any of Jordan’s team a 7 game series. Also, the year the Bulls went 72-10, the Pacers split their season series with arguably the best team of all time. If you still call Reggie overrated, you simply don’t know basketball. PERIOD.

  • marc

    lmfao at comparing joe johnson to Reggie miller. Being from new york i have to hate him but come on. He was a great player in his time. He deserves it just as much as anyone else on the list.

  • SikhWitIt

    Anyone know when GP’s going in? Thought this was the year

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    So far what I’ve heard is: ignore his regular seasons and accolades, focus on his reputation, clutchness, and team success. I’m debating if I buy that argument.

  • naptownm

    Reggie Miller deserves to be in the HOF for sure. Everyone knows about his epic battles with the Knicks and the Bulls. He’s the only player I know that dropped 44 points on Michael Jordan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRyRpNZrvsM&feature=related (MJ scored 35 and Bulls lost). Here are some other little known facts about Reggie: Led the league in free throw percentage five times (1990–91, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2004–05). Miller is one of only five members in the 50-40-90 Club of players who shot 50% or better from the field, 40% or better from three-point range, and 90% or better from the free throw line in a single season while also achieving the NBA league minimum number of makes in each category. Larry Bird, Mark Price, Steve Nash, and Dirk Nowitzki are the only other players to achieve this feat.

  • naptownm

    You also have to look at his College career. In his senior season, 1986–1987, Reggie Miller led the UCLA Bruins to a Pacific-10 regular season championship and the first Pacific-10 Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament championship. He finished second in all-time scoring at UCLA behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (more than Bill Walton). As of 2009, he still holds the UCLA single-season records for most league points, highest league scoring average, and most free throws. He also holds several individual game records.

  • http://www.slamonline.com hoopdreams

    Bernard king makes it all around, but reggie got in because he was the second best clutch player in the L’s history with some cool highlites

  • mjwilt2313

    REGGIE MILLERS PLAYOFF AVGS ARE LEGENDARY, LOOK @ HIS NUMBERS AND YOU’LL SEE IT’S HARD TO FIND MANY PLAYERS WHO DID IT LIKE HIME IN THE PLAYOFF’S CONSISTENTLY. IF YOU WATCH BALL YOU KNOW YOU CAN’T EVEN COMPARE JOE JOHNSON AND REGGIE MILLER. HIS PLAYOFF NUMBERS AND BODY OF WORK ALONE WARRENT HIM A PLACE IN THE HALL OF FAME

  • naptownm

    Reggie was also the leading scorer of Dream Team II when they won the
    Gold medal in 1996.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    meh…

  • MikeC.

    Since the Naismith HOF honours all basketball players, and not just NBA players, I say ‘yes’ to Reggie. He had a solid NBA career. Some spectacular moments, but not a spectacular NBA career. His international success, combined with his solid NBA career gets him into the Naismith HOF, but not into an NBA-only HOF.

  • MikeC.

    Besides, if clutch play and big moments are how we justify Reggie’s induction, where the heck is Robert Horry?

  • shutup

    its hard to convey sarcasm in a short post, I did say I “thought” they didnt make the Finals, but lets be honest they had no shot a winning it. Take away his “clutch ” moments which I think have been exaggerated more and more as time passes, this coming from a then Knicks fan, I have watched him play numerous times I just don’t think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and he may have been the leading scorer on that Olympic team, but its sort of misleading, a lot like all the leading scorers in NFL history are kickers

  • Matt Park

    I still can’t believe Tim Bug and Mitch the Rock aren’t Finalists…

    The way I see it, there are two ways to get into the Hall if a player is not a lock, i.e. MVP, multiple rings, record setter, 20k points, Multiple First/Second-Teams, etc.): have a 10+ season career of repeatedly getting it done (I mean 20+ points, ~4 boards, ~5 assists) with 1+ ring to show for it, or have a ~5 season peak of being one of the best in the L with a few solid seasons.
    With that said, he did make the Conference Finals like 5 times and did raise his game in the playoffs… It’s a hard call. Was he one of the best during his time in the league? Not really. Would he have been one of the best in another era? Maybe. His career doesn’t scream “HALL” but it does whisper it…

    I’m leaning towards letting him in, all things considering.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Matt: Seeing as Reggie never once put up 20/4/5…

  • Algren

    Yeah. Reggie, Mitch Richmond, very borderline guys. I’m surprised Mitch hasnt been nominated yet just based on his stats.

  • Doug

    Bernard King’s entry in the Hall of Fame is long overdue. No one was more dominant or more exciting to watch in his era, which was woefully cut short by the ACL injury.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mal57TVA3U&feature=related IAMORANGE4EVER

    Time to get Bernard King in the HOF Club. He’s waited in line long enough.

  • Da-Meat_Hook

    Only 5 all-star appearances in his 18 year career? That means he wasn’t even the second best 2 guard in his conference for the majority of his career! Also, yes he had amazing moments against the Knicks, but, how many championships do those Ewing-lead Knicks squads have? For the most part, those “great moments” took place in the second and sometimes third rounds of the playoffs. If those rounds mattered so much, Lebron should have been last year’s playoff MVP, right? No rings. No MVP’s. No 1st or even 2nd All-NBA awards. A one-dimensional offensive player who has only 1 more 20ppg season than Kevin Martin?!Finally, I think Reggie has had a far more dynamic career than Joe Johnson, however, the fact that Johnson already has more all-star appearances says something.

  • Justin G.

    @Will…You said “people need to stop commenting on things if they don’t know jack about it” then go on to say Indiana was the only team to take Chicago to a game 7. I direct you to 1992 vs. the Knicks and then I will direct you to a dictionary to look under the word “hyocrite”. And cosign Da-Meat_Hook and Mo. Having great games in clutch situations does not make you a Hall of Famer. How can you have someone in the Hall of Fame that was NEVER 1st or 2nd All NBA? Not even in the year and a half that Jordan was retired?

  • Selwyn ( UK )

    Get Bernard King in ! Now please. For almost 3 years ( till injury ) he was a truly great player. Top 6 or 7 in the League at that time. Reggie never was . See Larry Bird’s book for proof / quotes

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lmaooo people really hate joe johnson… and I absolutely understand why… but yeah throw reggie into the hall of fame.

  • Justin G.

    Bernard King needs to get in yesterday. And if they let Reggie in they’ve lowered the bar by about 5 notches

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    Reggie Miller is constantly overrated, but people also overrate the HOF. Dave Bing f’ing made it. Walt Bellamy f’ing made it. Reggie Miller deserves it.

  • Dingo Rob

    Hall of fame – do your basketball achievements stand the test of time and worth remembering in the future? Yes to Reggie

  • BostonBaller

    BERNARD KING !!!!!!!

  • http://www.petitiononline.com/bella1/petition.html John E

    Bernard’s admission to HOF is so long overdue. Tripled and qradupled teamed and they still couldn’t stop him. Then to top it off, unlike some of the other small forwards of his time, he actually had to play “D” against the best scorers on the opposing team. When he gets in this year, heading to Springfield for the induction. Bernard fan’s, how about signing the Bernard King deserves to be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame petition. http://www.petitiononline.com/bella1/petition.html

  • Patricia Casados

    Im wondering if all these anti Reggie comments come from New Yorkers; those Pacer teams were his teams throughout his career and he held those teams together thru thick and thin making all his teammates better and delivering from the 3 territory in the clutch like no other of his time ; that Finals game in LA by all rights belonged to the Pacers but for a slanted referee. As for Larry Bird, seems to have a long standing vendetta against Reggie because Reggie doesnt bow to him; Birds alcoholic ego is bigger than the worst basketball egos of all time; Bird is a bad hombre that happened to be a great basketball player, ;he is just not a good and gracious human being because he feels entitled;his making disparging comments about Reggie seemed to be comoensation for his lack of being a competent coach;l that team made it through because Mark Jackson and Reggie innovated and coached and willed it to greatness, not because Larry was in control.

    Reggies presence and career was nothing short of greatness; he should have been inducted first time around! When he left town the glitter and excitement left with him; even with the present team winning more games, people just wont make it a priority to attend Pacer games while Larry is heading the show.

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