Other than Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller was the opponent who had the most transcendent, clutch performances against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Who could forget the eight points in 8.9 seconds in Game 1 of the 1995 conference semifinals, or the 25 fourth-quarter points in Game 5 of the '94 conference finals?
Nobody wore the black hat in the Garden better than Miller. Nobody -- not even Jordan -- got after it with Spike Lee on the sideline like Miller.
So, yes, Miller was watching Kobe Bryant's 61-point game against the Knicks Monday night. And yes, he was impressed. But he was also appalled that Knicks fans who used to torment him were chanting "MVP!" for Kobe. So appalled that he was texting his old nemesis throughout the game.
"I was texting Spike as the game was going on, saying how disappointed I was in the fans chanting "MVP!" for Kobe," Miller said Tuesday, speaking on a TNT pre-All-Star conference call. "I was like, 'How the mighty have fallen.'" Because I remember in times past, I never got cheered. I'm sure Jordan never got cheered. And now they are chanting "MVP!" for Kobe? And all (Lee) kept doing was texting back and going, 'Look, times have changed. The climate has changed.'
"I wish I would've gotten the red carpet treatment when I went to the Garden," Miller said. "That would've been nice."