Miller has two claims to fame: for eight years he has been one of the stalwarts on the Indiana Pacers, the perennial bridesmaids in the Eastern Conference championships of the NBA; and he is the brother of Cheryl Miller, generally conceded to be the best female basketball player of all time. He has built a reputation not only as a top player but also as what hoopsters call a trash talker, trying to upset opponents with his on-court commentary. But if the examples of such verbal assaults presented here, with the aid of Los Angeles Times staffer Wojciechowski (Nothing but Net), are a fair sample, America's standup comics need lose no sleep. The book follows the Pacers through the 1994-1995 season game by game, when once again they came close but won no cigar, and is indistinguishable from a dozen other books of the same sort. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Miller, star of basketball's Indiana Pacers, and coauthor Wojciechowski have produced a run-of-the-mill chronology of the 1994-95 National Basketball Association season as seen through Miller's eyes. Miller, who is perhaps best known as the player who got in a "woofing" contest with director Spike Lee during the 1993-94 playoffs, does not come across as the egotistical, loud-mouthed person he often appears to be but instead reveals himself to be a shy young man with a loving, supportive family. More information about Miller's life away from basketball would have made the book more interesting, however. Miller is a keen observer who has a good relationship with his coaches, teammates, and opponents, but his views and comments are a bit on the bland side. In summary, this book has little "hook" to induce readers to pick it up, except, perhaps, in the state of Indiana. A marginal purchase.-William O. Scheeren, Hempfield Area H.S. Lib., Greensburg, Pa.
Indiana Pacer guard Miller may be the NBA's "best shooter," as the subtitle claims, but rather than "sharpest tongue," many fans might substitute "most self-aggrandizing windbag." Still, his streak shooting can be dazzling, and many of his best games have come before a network television audience. This is Reggie's diary kept during the 199495 season. Don't expect the book to generate any scandalous headlines; despite his trash-talkin', hot-dog image, Reggie in print turns out to be an intelligent young man whose opinions rarely extend beyond common knowledge. For example, he refers to the Knicks as a dirty team and says their star guard, John Starks, has a hollow little head. These are not revelations to NBA fans. He does provide a good sense of the NBA season's interminable length and touches on the delicate chemistry that must be established on a winning team. On balance, this is a lightweight, sanitized look at the NBA, but Miller's name will attract some attention, especially from Pacer fans.