Magic and Bird.
Given the knock-down, drag-out, no-holds-bars grudge matches in which hall-of-famer Reggie Miller led the Indiana Pacers against the New York Knicks throughout the 1990s, it wouldn’t be too surprising if the NBA’s best-dressed announcer felt some sense of gratification to see this year’s young and hungry Pacers beat the star-powered Knicks last week to move on to the Eastern-Conference Finals.
Two rounds into an NBA Postseason that’s been riddled with twists, turns, and down-to-the-buzzer overtime battles, the young but tenacious Indiana Pacers toppling New York’s star-powered Knicks has been one of our favorite upsets—and you can bet the league’s best-dressed announcer, hall-of-famer Reggie Miller, was proud to see the team he was a part of move on to the Eastern-Conference Finals.
Miller’s all-out warfare with the Knicks throughout several gut-wrenching playoff series in the ’90s earned him the moniker of “Knick Killer.”
Miller’s foul mouth (documented in the ‘Great Moments in Trash-Talking’ mini-documentary above) was, of course, sublimely and ironically offset by his delicate shooting touch. His mastery of the menswear game is just as legendary. Check out highlights from last year’s playoffs below, and tune in starting tonight at 8:30 Eastern to watch his Pacers take on the Miami Heat to become best in the East. (Hopefully Miller will be calling a game or two, so keep your eyes peeled at halftime.)
Miller’s bold but tasteful color combos (and slim, perfectly tied four-in-hand tie knots)
put him in a league of his own amongst sportscasters.
Dark suit, pale-blue shirt, striped tie. When you nail the details, you can keep it simple
and still be the best-dressed guy in the room (even when the room seats 20,000).
When your dress shirt fits perfectly, you look just as sharp sans jacket.
(A smart pattern mix of stripes and dots doesn’t hurt, either.)
Instant visual proof: A khaki-colored suit helps you stand out from the crowd come summer.
Bold stripes bring a sport-inspired element to your suit.
In a sea of blue suits, the one with confident, shoulder-enhancing peak lapels is the clear winner.
You would almost think that Miller and Marv Albert planned this ahead of time—but Reggie’s subtler
suit stripes, sharper fit and nonchalantly puffed pocket square give him the advantage.
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[Video clip from 'Winning Time: Reggie Miller Vs. The New York Knicks,' directed by Dan Klores, part of ESPN Films' 30 For 30 series. TV captures via the NBA and TNT. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]