Reggie Miller is a Hall finalist

Maurice Cheeks was a four-time all-defensive first-teamer.
Maurice Cheeks was a four-time all-defensive first-teamer.
Posted: February 25, 2012

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

The Indiana Pacers great 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.

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 Maurice Cheeks, Don Nelson, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes, and the All-American Red Heads, known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters and the first women's professional basketball team.

Cheeks, a four-time all-star, helped the 76ers to a title during the 1982-83 season. He was selected to the NBA's all-defensive first team four times and is fifth on the career list with 2,310 steals and 10th with 7,392 assists. Cheeks also had coaching stints with the 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers.

The 2012 class will be announced April 2 at the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the honors committee for election.

Also honored Friday were five direct electees, who will serve as the initial 2012 inductees: Mel Daniels, voted by the ABA committee; Don Barksdale from the Early African-American Pioneers committee; Lidia Alexeeva from the International committee; Chet Walker from the veterans committee; and Phil Knight from the contributors committee.

The Curt Gowdy Media Award for print went to longtime sportswriter Sam Smith. NBA executive, former 76ers general manager, and Orlando Magic founder Pat Williams received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nike seekers riot

Sneaker fanatics who lined up outside stores overnight for a first crack at a new outer-space-themed Nike basketball shoe have become so unruly in some cities that police have been called to restore order.

More than 100 deputies in riot gear quelled a crowd in Orlando, where the Friday release of the $220 Foamposite Galaxy coincides with this weekend's NBA All-Star Game. In a mall in Hyattsville, Md., one person was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Malls in Florida, New York, and Maryland reported bringing in police to manage fans clamoring for the purple and blue shoes, which have star-like flecks of white. Some shoppers who got their hands on a pair immediately posted them for sale on eBay at skyrocketing prices: $1,000 and up.

Bogut out 8-12 weeks

The Milwaukee Bucks say center Andrew Bogut will not need surgery on his injured left ankle.

Bucks general manager John Hammond says doctors reviewed a CT scan performed on Bogut's ankle Tuesday and agreed his ankle is healing properly. He is still expected to miss 8-12 weeks.

- Associated Press

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