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.
Perhaps Miller is the lone authoritative figure when it comes to NBA fights. He did not just witness the likes of Oakley, Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman, Dale Davis, and Antonio Davis throw hands. He was also a part of the infamous Malice at the Palace in 2004. The funny thing is, Miller did not suit up to play on that fateful night due to an injury. He had no choice but to get down and dirty to save Ron Artest (now known as Metta Sandiford-Artest) from doing something that would land him in jail.
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.
Detroit is, yet again, a team you don't mess with.