Reggie Miller back in Indy as broadcaster
by Mike Wells, USA TODAY Sports
The last time Reggie Miller was at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for an Indiana Pacers playoff game, the building was called Conseco Fieldhouse and he walked off the court to a sellout crowd chanting “Reg-gie, Reg-gie” with 16 seconds left.
The Pacers lost that night — May 19, 2005 — in a playoff series against Detroit, ending his 18-year career.
The chants of “Reg-gie, Reg-gie” will likely be back, but Miller won’t be launching 3-pointers.
Miller will be a TNT analyst for Game 4 between the Pacers and New York Knicks on Tuesday. Miller’s former team leads the best-of-seven series against the team he tormented throughout his career 2-1.
Miller talked about a wide range of topics during a phone interview Monday, including possibly running the Pacers one day, how his good buddy Spike Lee couldn’t score tickets next to the Pacers’ bench for Game 3 and his concerns about the team.
Question: What are your thoughts on the Pacers fan not selling his tickets to your good buddy Spike Lee?
Answer: Stewart Reed (co-owner of Fuzzy Zoeller’s vodka, a primary sponsor on Ed Carpenter’s No. 20 car in the Indy 500) is my new best friend. If I was on Facebook, I would like him. He is my new hero here in Indiana. I absolutely love it.
I guarantee you, a lot of the story has been embellished. I know how cheap Spike is and there’s no way he was going to pay $40,000 for tickets. Let’s say it was probably $10,000.
I still love it because that was one of my biggest concerns. When I started in the ’80s, it was all Boston, all Chicago. When Michael (Jordan) and Larry Bird came to play, there was more green and more red in Market Square Arena and it used to drive me crazy. But once we started to win and we won the trust of the fans, that place became so loud.
Now the fans are getting back to that. Who cares about Spike Lee? This is all about the Pacers.
Q: What is the key for the Pacers to win the series against the Knicks?
A: Look at their two … [For more on Reggie Miller back in Indy, this time as a broadcaster, click here.]