While I was watching Reggie do some key things for us down the stretch of this game, it really hit me how much we are going to miss some of the things that he does. By now we probably take for granted his unbelievable free throw shooting. It is an unbelievable weapon when the game is on the line to have a guy who is virtually automatic from the charity stripe.
One of the other things, that obviously we all give him accolades for is his clutch shooting. What is funny, is that he probably misses alot more of those shots then we think, but he has made so many unbelievable clutch shots over the years, that those are the memories that are transcribed to our brains.
On both counts, he is such a calming influence for the other players, and for the fans. He absorbs so much of the pressure by asking to take the big time shots, and he lulls us by almost always meeting our unreal expectations that he should always hit his free throws. He actually missed one tonight, but oddly, you felt even more confident that he was going to make the next one.
I don't know if we will ever see another player like #31.