NBA Legends Miller and Webber Answers Questions on TNT All-Star Call
As the NBA world prepares itself for the long-awaited 2018 All-Star Weekend, the events’ television hosts, TNT, set up a conference calls with two former All-Stars and current commentators – Chris Webber and Reggie Miller.
“My first one was very special,” Webber reminisced over his first All-Star Game. “What was really special is it was the [NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team]. George Gervin patted me on the back and said, ‘I knew I’d see you here one day.’ I was in a room of all legends, the greatest to ever play the game. It was something that I’ll never forget. It was great playing in the game, but I remember more about the weekend than I do playing in the game.”
Miller echoed the same sentiments. The former Indiana Pacers superstar had the opportunity to suit up for five All-Star teams, but the first one was always special.
“I was literally knees shaking walking into my locker room,” Said the sharpshooting legend. “When there’s [Michael Jordan], Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, I was in Awe. Then across the way, there’s Magic [Johnson], James Worthy, etc. Kevin Johnson and myself, I believe were the only first-timers in the 1990 game. I have to believe I was star struck, I was a kid in a candy store. I’ll always remember being so nervous on the bus ride over, keeping my head down. I couldn’t believe being in the presence of all these Hall of Famers.”
As the conversation shifted, the call turned into a free-for-all, and some of the biggest names in the sporting news industry began throwing various questions at the two former superstars. Questions that included Klay Thompson’s eventual free agency, Dwyane Wade’s return to Miami, and of course, a sprinkle of some LeBron James banter.
“Is it mathematically possible [to sign Klay Thompson to the largest contract], with [Kevin] Durant and [Stephen] Curry on the team?” Pondered the former Sacramento Kings great. “I really don’t know. It seems like he is unappreciated… As great as he is, his unselfishness and [steady, quiet] demeanour can get him lost from a fan perspective. I just think it’s going to come down to the business of basketball and the numbers, nothing more, nothing less.”
On the topic of LeBron, Miller kept things simple.
“Let’s face it, there’s only been a handful of players that have ever wielded this type of power that could shift the fortunes of a team,” said Miller. “If you have the power, you’ve got to be able to use it so at the end of the day really LeBron is chasing a legacy. Personally, if you’re asking me, I don’t think he leaves.”
Another topic that the crew touched on was the Eastern Conference playoff picture. With three teams clearly separating themselves from the pack, Miller gave his thoughts on the matter.
“I’m wondering, have [the Celtics] reached their ceiling?” Miller Suggested. “They’ve had so many games where they’ve been down by double digits and you can look at it two ways – they’ve come back and won a lot of those ball games, but how good are they really if they are down? Teams don’t fear them, like they do LeBron James, or Golden State, or Houston, and nobody’s talking about Toronto. To me, it’s Cleveland, Toronto, Boston in terms of the Eastern Conference in my pecking order.”
As the conference call wrapped up, the excitement leading into the All-Star break only amped up and very clearly, everyone was ready to go!
Next step, Hollywood!