‘Winning Time’ makes TV debut Sunday

14 03 2010

Reggie Miller, not Patrick Ewing, defined 'The Ewing Era'

“Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks” makes its long-awaited TV debut Sunday at 9 p.m. Dan Klores’ documentary, part of The Worldwide Leader’s “30 for 30″ series, examines the rivalry between the Knicks and Miller’s Pacers teams of the mid-1990s. The film premiered at Sundance and a showing in Indianapolis on Feb. 26 drew more than 8,000 people to Conseco Fieldhouse. Miller is painted as the greatest villain of Madison Square Garden and it’s hard to argue. His war of words with filmmaker and Knicks fan Spike Lee  contributed to some epic playoff performances: Miller scoring 25 points in the fourth quarter of one game and eight points in nine seconds in another, which Jeff VanGundy refers to as the biggest meltdown in NBA history. “Winning Time” has a great lead-in in the “Selection Sunday” announcement of the 2010 men’s NCAA Tournament field. And Klores has promised some bonus footage: A breakdown of Larry Johnson’s four-point play from the 1999 playoffs that lifted the Knicks over the Pacers. I guess it can’t all be about Miller.

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