Reggie Miller: Highlights from Pacers Legend's Hall of Fame Speech

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 7, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, MA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Reggie Miller chats with fans before the Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Symphony Hall on September 7, 2012 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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As if Reggie Miller's induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame wasn't newsworthy in and of itself, Miller also admitted to what many basketball fans knew for a long time.

According to the Basketball Hall of Fame Twitter page, Miller let Michael Jordan and Greg Anthony know he did indeed push off of them in two of the more memorable moments in NBA playoff history.

Reggie Miller: "Greg Anthony, I confess. As you saw in the video.I admit it, I pushed.Yeah Michael I pushed you too." #HOF2012

— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) September 8, 2012

As far as Anthony is concerned, the reference Miller made was in regard to Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals when the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks on the back of Miller's eight points in 8.9 seconds at the end of regulation.

Here's the video.

With the no foul call, Miller was able to complete the stunning comeback from 105-99 down with only 18.7 seconds left on the clock. That one play could have easily changed the entire course of history and it certainly changed that series.

The Jordan reference in Miller's speech is in regard to the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals game-winning shot Miller hit after gaining the extra space at the expense of Jordan.

Here's a reminder of what happened.

Unfortunately for the teams involved, Miller's honesty comes far too late.

While the Jordan push-off didn't mean much in the history of the sport thanks to the Chicago Bulls winning that series, the push off on Anthony certainly changed the entire series by itself.

But that still doesn't change the fact that Miller was one of the best pure shooters in NBA history who had the uncanny ability to hit ridiculous, off-balance shots whether it was during a regular-season game or in the clutch in the playoffs.

Not to mention, his ability to push off and not get caught for it.


Other Highlights

Miller couldn't possibly have made his induction speech without mentioning his older sister Cheryl, who was vital to Reggie's success as a basketball player.

Here's what Miller had to say, according to The Washington Post, per the Associated Press:

“I just so happened to live across the hall from absolutely, positively the greatest women’s basketball player ever,” Miller said as his sister stood by with tears in her eyes. “I’m proud to say I am not on this stage if it wasn’t for you, Cheryl Deann. We rode your shoulders all the way here. So thank you for your help.”

As mentioned earlier in the piece, Miller did admit to pushing Jordan, but Miller did let MJ know who he learned it from, per the same report from The Washington Post via the Associated Press:

“Yeah, Michael, I did shove you, too. But I’ve seen you do it so many times to so many players, so I figured it was OK.”

Proving that he has a great respect for history, Miller also gave props to the original Pacers from the ABA per the same report. Mel Daniels was also inducted into the Hall of Fame as the first Pacer ever to grace its hall.

"They set the standard for what all great Pacers team have achieved,” said Miller, who spent his entire 18-year career with Indiana.

Congrats to Reggie Miller, the newest basketball Hall of Famer.