Reggie Miller is not just a good player, he is a Hall of Fame player.
Like it or not, he remains the face of this franchise. Go around the country and tell people your a Pacers fan - 9/10 people will immediately mention how much they loved watching Reggie in the 90s (that's certainly been my experience, anyway).
I'm really stunned that we're are even debating the merit of a statue.
Reggie means more to the Pacers than pretty much any player ever will. It would take multiple titles from someone to change that. Without Reggie Miller, the Pacers aren't in Indiana right now.
I'm a Pacers fan because of Reggie Miller. I was an 8year old kid glued to the TV, by myself in the room most of the time, watching Reggie make his name. The impact he had on the franchise is not lost on me. I can assure you of that.
To me an statue has to tell an story and an statue about Reggie doesn't do that, for example MJ's statue, you have to spend time reading all the records he broke all the MVP's he won, all the championships, with Reggie the story is just to short In my opinion other than the 18 years with the franchise.
imagine standing in front of a Reggie statue talking to your kid about the gangly kid from California who never backed down, even from the greatest basketball player of all time. Talk about a guy who in his last game as a pro went out guns blazing with his back against the wall against the hated Pistons, talk about 8 points in 8.9 seconds, talk about 27 points in the 4th quarter.
I get the championship argument, I just 100% disagree with it.
Without Reggie Miller, I am never a fan of the Pacers, I never really get into the NBA, and I probably never find this place (though some people may have enjoyed it more that way )
A statue at the end of Georgia St. right in front of the Bankers Life would be sick IMHO.
Also I think the obvious pose for the statue would be a slightly fading 3 point shot.
Refreshing to see a debate where both sides are civil, even though they disagree.
Shade musta made everyone take their meds today
I do wonder what the hold up for any statue has been, if there is a hold up (money, fan perception)
Surely Slick should have a statue, no? Then again, IMO surely he shoulda been in the HOF ages ago.
Shayne Whittington for MVP
To me you're good enough for a statue if you were beloved enough and/or seen as significant enough by your community to have a statue. Nothing more, nothing less. We loved Reggie, he was huge for our franchise, and his # in the rafters was highly appropriate, as would be a statue IMO.
A championship should be part of the criteria, but it should not be the end-be.
It's not all of Reggie's fault that he didn't get one. Part of it could be TPTB, the same groups of people that may be preventing a Reggie statue at this present time for not giving him a little more help.
Last edited by PR07; 09-06-2012 at 12:23 PM.
At least within the borders of the city, Reggie transcended basketball during his career in Indianapolis. If it wasn't for Reggie, there may not be BLF. Without BLF, Indiana has no premier arena venue in 2012. No B10 championships, etc. The implications for that are pretty big.
As poses go, this pose would not be good for a statue, as the subjects arms would covering his face. While iconic, I just don't think it would communicate well. It would need some other embellishments with it to make it into a scene and communicate the movement and action.
I really love the pose of him repping Indiana on the Jersey. Or the famous pose from his final game with his finger in the air.
An alternative theme could be Reggie kneeling down and giving fives to a group of young kids or something. Cementing his legacy for the community service that he so rarely acknowledged, and his character off the court.
You can't get champagne from a garden hose.