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Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012

Hall finalists announced

AP

ORLANDO, Florida — Reggie Miller has a chance to nail his legacy, just as he did so many 3-point shots.

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Dialed in from downtown: Cleveland's Kyrie Irving puts up a jumper for Team Chuck in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night. Irving scored 34 points in a 146-133 victory. AP

The Indiana Pacers great with the smoothest of strokes was announced Friday as a first-time finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is one of 12 finalists for the class of 2012.

"When you're in the backyard and you're trying to play the 3-2-1 game, and you're trying to be the Iceman (George Gervin) and do the figure roll. . . . Now to be on the same stage with these guys. It's just a great honor," Miller said.

Miller, a five-time All-Star, was joined as a first-time finalist by five-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, former NBA coach Bill Fitch and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain.

On the ballot again are Don Nelson, Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes and the All-American Red Heads.



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