Reggie Miller is putting his foot down.
The former Pacers star and Hall of Famer has seen his fellow NBA alumni like Cedric Ceballos and Oscar Robertson rip the Warriors as Golden State marches toward what could be one of the greatest seasons in NBA history.
But Miller, who spoke to For The Win at Tuesday’s CBS-Turner NCAA Tournament Media Day, is tired of both his former colleagues taking shots at Steph Curry and Co., and at the media for asking Hall of Famers how they’d fare against the 2015-16 Warriors.
“As old time guys and former players, we have to embrace change. It’s hard for old players to embrace change because whether you played in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, [we all had] different rules. Basketball has evolved and it has changed,” he said. “Change is good and we’ve got to embrace Steph and what he’s doing.”
He went on to point out how the comparisons to the Michael Jordan-led Bulls might be where players and experts are getting stuck.
“You’ve got a team that shoots a lot of threes that’s almost as brash as those Bulls teams and we don’t want to accept that. We’ve got to let that go,” Miller said. “We don’t want to let go of Michael Jordan. It’s okay! He will still be great. We will still view him and that team as the greatest ever. It’s just that there’s a new kid on the block.”
Miller did join the chorus of former players who thought he could top Curry when he told The New Yorker in December, “All truly great shooters … we always believed that we were the best shooters in the world. So, yeah, I’d take down Steph at my peak. Sure, my form wasn’t as good as his. But it’s all about results, man.”
But he had this message to the media when it comes to questioning ex-players:
“It’s not fair to put a microphone in front of Oscar Robertson and ask him, ‘Well, how do you think you would have fared against Steph?’ What made Isiah [Thomas], Oscar, Magic [Johnson] Hall of Famers was their competitive edge. It’s not fair to ask, ‘Do you think you could stop Steph?’ So when they ask me, am I going to say, ‘No, I can’t shoot it against Steph?’”
SOURCE: USA Today FTW! – Charles Curtis