Bird: Miller earned spot in '12 Hall of Fame class

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird figured Reggie Miller would eventually get inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Bird played against a young Miller and knew when he later coached him that the guard was good enough to join him in the hall. Miller will be inducted Sept. 7 in Springfield, Mass.

Miller helped the Pacers reach the Eastern Conference finals six times and the NBA Finals in 2000. The five-time All-Star is in the Pacers' top 10 in 13 categories. He scored 25,279 points in his career and up until last season, was the NBA's all-time leader in 3-point field goals with 2,560. One of the league's best clutch shooters, he once scored eight points in 8.9 seconds during a playoff game against the New York Knicks.