Stories on Reggie and Mel From Around the Web
A collection and sampling of what others are saying about the two Pacers Hall of Fame inductees, Mel Daniels and Reggie Miller.
From Steve Aschburner: "From 1971 through 1975, ABA teams faced NBA competition in a series of preseason games. …They played a total of 155 games. Most of them were hotly contested, switching between the traditional NBA ball and the ABA version at halftime, same as with the upstarts' 3-point rule. Over the final three seasons, ABA teams had a 62-34 edge and they won the interleague clashes overall, 79-76."
From NESN Staff: "Daniels, a two-time ABA Most Valuable Player and three-time ABA champion, will not only be one of two Indiana Pacers greats to head into the hall, but will also join a fellow Detroit Pershing High School alum in the class of 2012. Reggie Miller, who played 18 seasons with the Pacers, and Ralph Sampson, who went on to have an all-American tenure at Virginia and a successful career with the Houston Rockets, will be immortalized alongside the baby-faced Daniels."
From Tom Lewis : "Let's not forget about Mel Daniels, the former Pacers force in the post who will fittingly share the stage in Springfield with Reggie. A perfect blend of the ABA and NBA Pacers getting their due respect. The Hall of Fame has the following video with some highlights from the big fella. While not many of highlights of Daniels' great moments are captured on video, there's no mistaking the ferocious power in his game."
Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper
From Ericka Sanders: "Mel Daniels didn’t pick up a basketball until he was 17-years-old. And even then, he had to be forced by his high school coach, Will Robinson while walking the halls of Detroit Pershing in Michigan.”
“Will taught us the true fundamentals of basketball,” said Daniels, 69. “The more efficient you are, the more effective you can be on the floor. You’re not wasting energy so everything you do is in a positive manner, so that has to be a carry over from defense to offense."
From Jeff Zillgitt: "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."
From Mike Wells: "Reggie Miller entered the NBA in 1987 as a lanky 6-7 kid with an unorthodox jump shot and myriad questions about him."
Hang Time Blog
From Sekou Smith: "For a man whose name is synonymous with a franchise, city and state, it should come as no surprise that there are rumblings about Reggie Miller one day returning to help run the Indiana Pacers."