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Reggie Miller elected into basketball hall of fame

April 2, 2012

Five-time All-Star Reggie Miller and longtime coach Don Nelson are among a dozen players, coaches and teams that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The class of 2012 was announced Monday in New Orleans, the site of the Final Four.

The class will be inducted Sept. 7 at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Miller, the 11th overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft out of UCLA, spent his entire 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers, becoming one of the National Basketball Association's all-time great long-range shooters. 

His 2,560 three-pointers place him second in league history. He poured in 25,279 points to finish his career in 12th place on league's all-time scoring list.

He also built a reputation for clutch shooting. His heroic play down the stretch of games became known as "Miller Time."

Also elected were two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain, three-time college player of the year Ralph Sampson, four-time NBA champion Jamaal Wilkes, longtime referee Hank Nichols, and the All-American Red Heads, the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Five members of the class had already been announced: Nike co-founder Phil Knight, ABA star Mel Daniels, seven-time NBA All-Star Chet Walker, Olympian Don Barksdale and Lydija Alexeeva, who led the Soviet Union to two Olympic gold medals.

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