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"Indiana Pacers: Greatest Games - Volume One (Collector's Edition)"
Truly the one DVD volume set that may disgust New York Knicks fans, witnessing Reggie Miller's trolling at MSG.
Living here in the West Coast of the United States all my life, it was always about the Purple & Gold. However, when my fanaticism for the sport of basketball ignited at the age of 9, discovering professional basketball broadcasted by the National Basketball Association, I was eager to expand my admiration in knowing about the other teams displaying their own talented superstars. One of them had a lot of fun 'trolling' fans in the Big Apple with clutch shots and buzzer beaters: Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers.
From my personal knowledge, it was the New York Knicks who had all the fun trampling the Pacers in the playoffs during the earlier nineteen-nineties decade. Having clutch shooters like Doc Rivers, it was no wonder the Pacers had enough. Better yet, or worst yet, depending whose side you're on, Reggie Miller began spitting taunts at Knicks superfan Spike Lee, making this friction between both teams even more dramatic. That all started back in the modest year of 1994.
Remember NBA on NBC? That's where this original broadcasts where taken from. Yeah, I miss NBA being on NBC....
Honestly, in the nineties, a player who can score 25 points in a quarter was ridiculously unheard of. However, when you're busy playing the game while doing some
trolling serious trash-talking against a superfan that, in a way, represents the team's whole fanbase, you can only hope that the player who's "on fire" will turn frozen solid. Not for Reggie Miller, all that banter led him to shoot a near-30-foot three-pointer in the fourth quarter to shut Spike Lee up.
(Honestly, NBA, what happened to "street" ball happening in the court? There's too many reasons why a lot of us miss the quality of basketball back in the eighties and nineties—you know, when tackling another player was considered just a foul, and fighting another player only meant a technical foul? NBA players today are nothing but egotistical wimps who go on social media to complain about problems they're too lazy to face.)
Anyway, while this rivalry implanted in the minds of both teams, who would've thought that they'd meet again in the 1995 NBA playoffs? With the addition of Mark Jackson, things played out much more smooth for the Pacers. Why? As beastly as Anthony Mason (rest in peace, man) was for the Knicks, it seemed the Pacers barely kept up, almost throwing in the towel in Game 1. Then, something happened....something that I can envision cannot be done again currently in the NBA today (if someone could, it just may be Steph Curry or Russell Westbrook). Yeah, something that happened in the wee seconds of the fourth quarter involving, oh, I don't know....REGGIE MILLER?!
SOURCE: NBA at youtube.com
Really, I don't know, nor do I recall, any player in this modern day that ever pulled off a feat like that. Perhaps the closest would be Tracy McGrady's 13-point comeback in 33 seconds against the San Antonio Spurs back in December 9, 2004 (that same year the infamous Malice at the Palace happened—a fight ignited by Ben Wallace, and Pistons fans challenging against Ron Artest). Any agents of pro basketball players, or aspiring NBA athletes, reading this, I dare any one of you, or the player(s) you manage, to pull this Miller stint. Hey, at least you'll go viral and you may end up becoming a house-hold name. Wouldn't that be nice?
As the Pacers went on, it wasn't their rivalry against the Knicks that kept them up to "pace," it was the lack of consistency as Pacers seemed to always falter in the conference semis and conference finals. When Michael Jordan came back from baseball and his theatrical shoot Space Jam (to be reviewed soon), Pacers found it to be even more of spectacular onslaught in their path to making an appearance in the grand stage of them all: the NBA Finals. Having said that, the year 1998 was possibly the best shot of showing Pacer fans, in the formerly branded Market Square Arena, what wonders they can do, and that they did: Reggie Miller again being clutch. I remember watching that game live on TV, and I never will forget the bummed, silent look on Jordan's face when he walked off the court, and the stunned reaction from Scottie Pippen.
That was their best game against the Bulls, but 1998, as you know, featured the famous two-point field goal that ended the NBA Finals series in Utah. That alone won't need a written rundown over here.
Two years after Michael Jordan retired, and the San Antonio Spurs winning their first NBA title in 1999, it felt like a free-for-all, up-for-grabs kind of deal as teams made large moves—some bargains, while some were expensive deals and trades—to mold up a team worthy enough to win an NBA title. What better way than to start your path off in the playoffs by going against a team you've been duking it out against throughout the nineties? Yes, the Pacers again faced the Knicks in 2000, only this time it was the Eastern Conference Playoffs. With the gentlemen performing at their highest, Miller wrapping it up with 34 points, the Knicks barely glided by and couldn't keep up. This loss led to the Pacers to finally have a shot at competing in the NBA Finals (as you know, they matched up against the newly revamped Los Angeles Lakers with new coach Phil Jackson).
For the DVDs, there are no options for audio as it is strictly all stereo. For the games, it's either play the game throughout, or play at the first or at the fourth quarter. I feel it's better to play the whole game to give that live broadcast feel. Also, most of the segments introducing advertisements have been removed on this DVD set (obviously, there are also no commercials). None of the games feel like they've edited out a lot so you do get to watch and enjoy everything.
Yeah it's only four games but they pack a wallop. Sometimes, the fourth disc doesn't play for me (either that or I got a defective copy) which was why I continue to thrive on the moments in the nineties where Reggie Miller was New York's worst enemy. Mention his name to a diehard Knicks fan and you'll likely get a sour reaction. (The disc works sometimes but it can't cleanly play the fourth quarter. Something to be wary of.)
Other than that, this is an excellent volume for the Pacers/NBA fanatic. While you can watch these games' moments online, watching the whole game and how the teams got to that play, let alone the stats and performances of both teams, I don't why you can't pick this DVD set up.
- Reggie Miller's scoring 25 points in the 4th quarter against the Knicks.
- Unforgettable games that defined the Pacers' reign in the nineties.
- Great quality video and audio.
- Today's NBA isn't as thrilling as it was back then.
- Doesn't include the game where Reggie Miller takes a bow to the Chicago Bulls crowd.
|Title||Indiana Pacers: Greatest Games - Volume One (Collector's Edition)|
|Description||CELEBRATE 40 YEARS
You asked for it, and you got it — four of the greatest NBA games in Indiana Pacers franchise history as voted online by you, the fans. Go back in time with all your favorite Pacers — from Rik Smits to Reggie Miller to Mark Jackson to Antonio Davis to Dale Davis. Relive No. 31's phenomenal 25-point fourth quarter against the Knicks in '94, the amazing eight points in 8.9 seconds against the Knicks in 1995, the classic 1998 playoff battle with Chicago, and the Pacers' first-ever Eastern Conference championship victory.
Enjoy these memorable games, presented in their entirety and original broadcast format, in this action-packed 4-disc DVD collector's set. Own a piece of Pacers history you can experience again and again.
|ISBN / Bar Code number||1-4198-4665-5 / 0 85391 12351 4|
|Video Format||1.33:1 (4:3) Full screen|
|Rated||Not Rated / E - Canadian Home Video Rating|
|Region||Region 1 - NTSC|
|Release Date||July 24, 2015|
|Disc Count||Four (4)|
|Features||[DISC 1]: JUNE 1, 1994 VS NEW YORK KNICKS - PLAY, Quarters 1, 2, 3, 4
[DISC 2]: MAY 7, 1995 VS NEW YORK KNICKS - PLAY, Quarters 1, 2, 3, 4
[DISC 3]: MAY 25, 1998 VS CHICAGO BULLS - PLAY, Quarters 1, 2, 3, 4
[DISC 4]: JUNE 2, 2000 VS NEW YORK KNICKS - PLAY, Quarters 1, 2, 3, 4
|Genre||Sports (Pro Basketball)|
|Run Time||447 Mins.
[DISC 1] WARNING (distribution) screen - 00:32, WARNING (copyright proprietor) screen - 01:18, "Warner Home Video" video - :16 (2x), FBI Anti-Piracy video with "Warner Home Video" and NBA Entertainment clip - :28 (2x), Full game - 1:54:36, Menu - 00:32, Unauthorization (blue screen video) - 00:22, Unauthorization (blue screen video) WITH the WARNING (copyright proprietor) video - 02:12. Total disc time: 2:01:00
[DISC 2] WARNING (distribution) screen - 00:32, WARNING (copyright proprietor) screen - 01:18, "Warner Home Video" video - :16 (2x), FBI Anti-Piracy video with "Warner Home Video" and NBA Entertainment clip - :28 (2x), Full game - 1:54:28, Menu - 00:32, Unauthorization (blue screen video) - 00:22, Unauthorization (blue screen video) WITH the WARNING (copyright proprietor) video - 02:12. Total disc time: 2:00:52
[DISC 3] WARNING (distribution) screen - 00:32, WARNING (copyright proprietor) screen - 01:18, "Warner Home Video" video - :16 (2x), FBI Anti-Piracy video with "Warner Home Video" and NBA Entertainment clip - :28 (2x), Full game - 1:54:50, Menu - 00:32, Unauthorization (blue screen video) - 00:22, Unauthorization (blue screen video) WITH the WARNING (copyright proprietor) video - 02:12. Total disc time: 2:01:14
[DISC 4] WARNING (distribution) screen - 00:32, WARNING (copyright proprietor) screen - 01:18, "Warner Home Video" video - :16 (2x), FBI Anti-Piracy video with "Warner Home Video" and NBA Entertainment clip - :28 (2x), Full game - 1:44:29, Menu - 00:32, Unauthorization (blue screen video) - 00:22, Unauthorization (blue screen video) WITH the WARNING (copyright proprietor) video - 02:12. Total disc time: 1:50:53
Total time overall: 7:53:59
|Product / Item Number||112351|
|Copyright||© 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2007 NBA Entertainment. All rights reserved. Distributed by Warner Home Video. 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522. All rights reserved. The NBA and individual NBA member team identifications used on or in this product are trademarks, copyrighted designs and other forms of intellectual property of NBA Properties, Inc. and the respective NBA member teams and may not be used, in whole or in part, without the prior consent of NBA Properties, Inc. © 2007 NBA Properties, Inc. All rights reserved.|
|Other||NOT AUTHORIZED FOR SALE OR RENTAL OUTSIDE THE USA AND CANADA: This copyrighted product has been manufactured and distributed by Warner Home Video, A Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Company, and is authorized for sale or rental for private home use in the USA and Canada ONLY. The sale and rental of this product outside of the USA and Canada has NOT been authorized by Warner Home Video and is in direct violation of its written terms of trade. Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized distribution, reproduction or exhibition of copyrighted motion pictures, videotapes or videodiscs.
STANDARD VERSION PRESENTED IN A FORMAT PRESERVING THE ASPECT RATIO OF ITS ORIGINAL TELEVISION EXHIBITION.
THIS DVD IS COPY PROTECTED AND MAY BE PLAYED ON LICENSED DEVICES.
Senior Director, Specials & Home Video