Miller can’t wait to join sister in Hall
By Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY
Reggie Miller knows exactly what he will be most proud of when he is inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.
Not his 25,279 NBA points, 14th all-time. Not his 2,560 three-pointers made, No. 2 all-time. Not his 18-year career with one team, the Indiana Pacers.
It will be that he and his sister, Cheryl Miller, will become the only siblings in the Basketball Hall of Fame entering as players.
“I think it’s more cool for the Miller family to have a brother-sister act in the Hall of Fame,” he said. “That’s what I’m most excited about because no one else can say that.”
Miller and 10 others will be inducted Friday: Lidia Alexeeva, Don Barksdale, Mel Daniels, Phil Knight, Katrina McClain, Hank Nichols, Don Nelson, Ralph Sampson, Chet Walker and Jamaal Wilkes. The All-American Redheads, pioneers in women’s basketball, will be inducted in the team category.
Miller, who played collegiately at UCLA, went through his mental hard drive, trying to think of other hall of fame siblings in in any sport.
“Joe and Phil Niekro?” Miller said. “I don’t think Joe is in. (He’s not.). … Peyton and Eli (the Manning brothers), they’re definitely both getting in. But just think how hard we’re trying to wrack our brains to come up with names.”
There are no brothers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Yet. Brothers Dick and Al McGuire are in the Basketball of Hall Fame, inducted as coaches. Just two brothers are in the Baseball Hall of Fame: Paul and Lloyd Waner. There are a handful of brothers in the Hockey Hall of Fame, including Phil and Tony Esposito and Henri and Maurice Richard. Bobby and Donnie Allison and Al and Bobby Unser are in motor sports halls of fame.
But Miller’s point stands. It is rare to find siblings in a hall of fame.
“This Miller family, it’s not too shabby. They have a brother and sister who are both in the Basketball Hall of Fame,” Miller said.
Cheryl, with Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson, will present Miller before his speech.
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