Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME [Derived Headline]

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NEW ORLEANS -- Reggie Miller rode his sister's coattails all the way to the Hall of Fame.

Miller, a five-time All-Star, joined longtime NBA coach Don Nelson and college standout Ralph Sampson on Monday as part of a 12- member class that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September. Miller's sister, Cheryl, was enshrined in 1995.

Miller was at home when he received the call a couple days ago that he had gained entrance to the exclusive club. He quickly called his sister, one of the pioneers of the women's game.

"I can still hear her screaming in my ear," Miller said with a smile.

Miller often recalls the story about how his sister would beat him in games of one-on-one growing up. It wasn't until he had grown to 6 feet 7 and could block Cheryl's shot that they finally quit playing those driveway games.

"She was a role model. She set the bar high for the family," Miller said.

Miller certainly earned the trip in his own right.

After a standout career at UCLA, he became one of the best perimeter shooters in the history of the game. He was part of the 1996 gold medal-winning Olympic team and played more games with one franchise than any player except John Stockton and Karl Malone.

He also caused untold fits for the New York Knicks, for years the biggest rival of his Pacers.

The night at Madison Square Garden that Miller scored an improbable eight points in 8.9 seconds, almost single-handedly winning Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, is chronicled in the Peabody Award-winning documentary, "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks."

The club in Springfield, Mass., now includes two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain, four-time NBA champion Jamaal Wilkes, longtime college referee Hank Nichols and the All-American Red Heads -- the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters. …

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