NEW ORLEANS - Let the "Reggie, Reggie" chant ring out in Springfield, Massachusetts.
On Monday former Pacers great Reggie Miller was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame at a news conference in New Orleans in conjunction with the 2012 Final Four.
Miller had the unique distinction of playing all 18 of his NBA seasons with the Pacers, scoring a franchise-record 25,279 points while also hitting 2,560 three-point field goal attempts-which was an NBA record when he retired. He also dished out 4,140 assists during his time with the Blue and Gold.
Drafted 11th overall by the team in 1987 out of UCLA, Miller ushered in the most successful era of the franchise during their time in the NBA. He helped the team advance to four Eastern Conference Finals in the 1990s and eventually the NBA Finals in 2000.
Honored often by the chant of "Reggie, Reggie" by fans at both Market Square Arena and Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Miller appeared in five All-Star games as a member of the Pacers and also helped the United States to the Gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
Following the end of his career in 2005, Miller's number 31 was retired by the Pacers.
Only three times did the Pacers miss the playoffs when Miller donned their uniform, and it was there that he delivered his greatest performances. In 1994 the guard earned national acclaim when he scored 25 fourth quarter points in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals to help the Pacers beat the Knicks in Madison Square Garden.
One year later, Miller pulled off a feat that remains in NBA lore to this day. On May 7, 1995 in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Knicks, Miller stunned the crowd by scoring eight points in nine seconds off a pair of three-pointers and two free throws.
The quick barrage gave the Pacers-who trailed by six with 18.7 seconds to go in the game-an improbable 107-105 win. Indiana would go on to win the series over New York in seven games and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Getting past that point, however, was difficult for the guard who lost four times in the step before the NBA Championship series in the 1990s. Miller would finally help the team break through in 2000, when the Pacers beat the Knicks in six games to advance Indiana to its first NBA Finals.
The Pacers won two games in Indianapolis during the championship series against the Lakers, but Kobe Bryant andShaquille O'Neal were too much as Los Angeles won the series in six games.
Miller would again get the Pacers back to the conference finals in 2004 only to be upended by the Detroit Pistons in six games. The following season Miller retired following another loss to the Pistons in the playoffs, this time in the second round.
Since his time away from the Pacers Miller has become an analyst for NBA and NCAA coverage on the Turner networks.
Reggie Miller elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame
Former Pacers great Reggie Miller joins Mel Daniels in the Class of 2012
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