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It's Miller Time in Springfield

Updated: September 8, 2012, 4:31 AM ET
By Dick Vitale

Reggie MillerJeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty ImagesReggie Miller was a five-time All-Star, scored more than 25,000 points and led Indiana to the Finals in 2000.

Reggie Miller enjoyed an incredible career on the hardwood.

He played 18 seasons for one team, the Indiana Pacers. You don't see that too often in the world of sports these days. Miller scored more than 25,000 points, hit more than 2,000 trifectas and was a flat-out superstar.

What a moment coming this weekend, when he is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Who could ever forget those classic battles with the New York Knicks and his clutch shooting down the stretch? His verbal battles with Spike Lee were legendary!

It is appropriate that he will be presented at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony by three legends -- Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and Miller's sister, Cheryl.

Reggie and Cheryl were such special competitors on the court. It is great to see the siblings both will be in the shrine at Springfield. Cheryl shined in college at USC while Reggie excelled at UCLA. They attended rival schools but both were so special, so talented.

The dynamic duo certainly brought a lot of pride and thrills to the Miller household. They now work together in the world of television. They have a great deal of admiration and love for each other.

I always enjoyed watching Reggie Miller's velvet touch. I loved his personality and attitude, as he was such a fierce competitor. The five-time NBA All-Star also won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics. It was great to hear people talking about Miller Time! He really should have been in as a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but he missed out last year. The second time was a charm, baby!

It is going to be a special night. The class coming in has some big names, including Ralph Sampson, Don Nelson, Chet Walker, Phil Knight of Nike fame, Jamaal Wilkes and several others. Just hearing about the list of presenters gave me goosebumps. Names like Michael Jordan, Bob Cousy, Dr. J., Billy Cunningham, Chris Mullin, Magic, Barkley, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rick Barry, Bill Walton, Earl Monroe, Teresa Edwards and others. Wow, it is a who's who of hoops, baby!

I am sure there will be some tears shed when Reggie Miller is inducted into the Hall with his sister standing right there on the stage in Springfield.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.