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Reggie Miller believes Isaiah Stewart forged himself alongside the toughest NBA ballers

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NBA sharpshooter Reggie Miller played in the 90s, which some say is the most brutal basketball era in history. Hand checking was allowed back then, which meant a whole different level of physicality. The only time referees would slap someone with a flagrant or a technical foul was when they saw blood. Everything else was, basically, fair game.

So when Miller saw Detroit Pistons Isaiah Stewart lunged at Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James on Sunday, the Indiana Pacers legend could not help but see flashbacks of his playing days. The fiasco garnered mixed reactions from both sides. Some say James is a dirty player. Others say Stewart was overreacting. For Miller, Stewart forged himself alongside the most brutal dudes to ever step on the hardcourt.

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LeBron was slapped with a one-game suspension while Stewart was imposed a two-game suspension. From the looks of it, these are trivial matters for Miller. What caught his eye was a 20-year-old Stewart who stood up for himself — just like the guys Miller shared the court in the 90s did on the daily. 

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