LOS ANGELES – Bob Miller stood outdoors Staples Middle about 6:forty five on Saturday night time. He was about to see the statue of his likeness unveiled, a tribute to his forty four years as play-by-play man for the Kings.
His statue would be a part of these of former Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Jerry West; former Lakers announcer Chick Hearn; boxer Oscar De La Hoya; and former Kings Luc Robitaille and Wayne Gretzky, on Star Plaza.
As he appeared round, Miller noticed a whole lot upon a whole lot of followers available for the ceremony. They surrounded the nonetheless-coated statue, they usually have been hanging over the railings of the second and third flooring of Staples Middle.
Miller was requested if the which means of all of it had hit him. Then, stylish man that he’s, he spoke in humble tones.
“What has not sunk in, I actually didn’t anticipate to see this many individuals round right here tonight,” stated Miller, seventy nine. “It’s a ravishing night time they usually’re all so complimentary, and I’ve all the time appreciated my affiliation with the followers and their loyalty and their ardour for Kings hockey. It was so nice to go to with them, and meaning quite a bit to me.”
Humility doesn’t imply one can’t take pleasure in his accomplishments.
“The statue, and the banner inside, identical to the Hockey Corridor of Fame and the Hollywood Boulevard Stroll of Fame (he acquired his star in 2006), are everlasting fixtures,” Miller stated. “And meaning quite a bit, that they’re going to be right here, I hope, ceaselessly. That could be very satisfying for me.”
Miller’s statue has a microphone in his proper hand. He’s waving together with his left, which is becoming as a result of by all accounts, he isn’t brief on character. As they took it in, Miller, his spouse Judy and the remainder of their household have been all smiles.
Among the many former Kings available have been Marcel Dionne and Rogie Vachon.
Kings gamers and coach John Stevens paid tribute to Miller throughout interviews this week on the workforce’s apply facility in El Segundo.
Defenseman Alec Martinez, who’s in his ninth season with the Kings, talked concerning the respect Miller all the time confirmed.
“He’s an incredible man,” Martinez stated. “He’s all the time been very nice to the gamers and actually good to work with. We clearly used to see him just a little bit extra when he traveled on the street with us and all that. However to see him being honored tonight, I imply, that’s fairly cool.”
Miller retired after this previous season.
Defenseman Drew Doughty smiled when the topic of Miller’s honor was broached.
“Yeah, he was the highest man for a very long time,” stated Doughty, in his tenth season, all with the Kings. “I don’t know what number of years he did it, however he’s a legend round right here. So, yeah, I’m pleased for him.”
Middle Anze Kopitar has been round longer than Martinez and Doughty – 12 seasons, to be actual. He was brief, however to the purpose, in his reward.
“Wow, I feel he undoubtedly deserves it, clearly,” Kopitar stated. “He’s been round for an extended, very long time and I feel it’s very becoming.”