INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Sunday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Reggie Miller said, “I would NEVER miss this!” to the person within the Pacers organization who has missed nothing since 1994.
Pacers Media Director David Benner is set to retire later this week at the end of the regular season after 28 seasons with the organization.
Prior to tipoff Sunday night with Detroit, Benner was called to the center for a pregame ceremony.
After a touching tribute, the audience’s ovation at Gainbridge Fieldhouse grew louder as five-time Pacers All-Star Reggie Miller emerged from the home tunnel, slapped Benner on the shoulder, and left him in fear.
“I was shocked, I was shocked,” Benner told WISH-TV Sunday. “It was funny, I got ready to text him the next day because we went all season without seeing each other at a game, and it would have been the first time in all that we had a whole year. went without seeing each other. And to have his son here too, that was special. ”
Miller stood firm for the game and sat with Benner on the sidelines, also caught up with his former Pacers Head Coach Rick Carlisle.
Congratulations to David Benner who is leading one of the best runs as a media director in NBA history. Sunday served as a fitting sendoff for a true professional.