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Jackson Ranks Shooting Guards … Reggie Miller Just After MJ and Kobe?

With all due respect to Warriors coach Mark Jackson and his view of basketball history, we have to pick a bit of a fight with him about the subjectivity of his ranking of the NBA’s greatest shooting guards.

Jackson, no doubt celebrating the Hall of Fame induction of his good friend and former Indiana Pacers teammate, Reggie Miller (TNT’s very own), went a bit overboard when he told the Indianapolis Star:

“When you take Michael Jordan and you take Kobe Bryant out of the discussion, he’s as good as any two-guard that has ever played the game.”

While I was lucky enough to witness some of Miller’s best years with the Pacers and have a deep appreciation for what it takes to play at the level he did for so long, I’m not sure I can abide by Jackson’s assessment when presented with the long list of distinguished shooting guards that have graced the game.

Let’s see … (and these names are no particular order) George Gervin, Jerry West, Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade, Clyde Drexler, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe,  Ray Allen, Joe Dumars and “Pistol” Pete Maravich are names that certainly come to mind when the discussion turns to the top shooting guards of all time.

Miller is no doubt an all-time great and everything you’d ever want in a Hall of Famer.

But top 3 behind MJ and Kobe …

All-Time X-Mas Day Performances

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — This is indeed where “Amazing Happens,” especially on Christmas.

Just ask the poor souls in the NBA who received 60 lumps of leather from Bernard King in their stockings back in 1984, when the Knicks star lit up the holiday with a performances for the ages (albeit in a loss).

We’ll have Bulls-Knicks first up at noon ET on ESPN, followed by Celtics-Magic at 2:30 on ABC, Heat-Lakers at 5 on ABC, and a nightcap of Nuggets-Thunder at 8 on ESPN followed by Trail Blazers-Warriors at 10:30 on ESPN.

Merry Christmas hoops heads.

That’s a day filled with dozens of All- Stars, including Derrick Rose and his Bulls squaring up with Amar’e Stoudemire and his Knicks, Boston’s Big 3+1 going toe-to-toe with Dwight Howard, Gilbert Arenas and the new-look Magic, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade taking their talents to Hollywood to face off Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol and the two-time champion Lakers, Carmelo Anthony and his Nuggets dueling with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, and Brandon Roy and the Trail Blazers matching wits with Monta Ellis and the Warriors to finish off this day and night of stars.

There’s no way you can get through Christmas without watching at least a little bit of each and every one of these matchups, there are too many stars and great teams on display for you to skip out, picked perfectly by the scheduling powers that be at the home office.

In the spirit of the season, the crew here at the hideout has come up with some of our all-time favorites and we need your help sorting things out.

HT’s top five Christmas Day performances: