Reggie Miller, born in 1965 in Riverside, California, made history as a basketball player for the Indiana Pacers during the 1990s. He is, in fact, deemed to be one of the best NBA league players of that decade and is one of the most famous faces of Indianapolis sports.
Miller spent his entire professional basketball career playing for the Pacers. The loyalty was reciprocal; he is one of only five players to have had his jersey number (31) retired by the team. Indianapolis will not soon forget this great sports star.
Video about former Indiana Pacers star, Reggie Miller, in Indianapolis, Indiana
Video of Reggie Miller’s emotional farewell for from the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Indiana
Born with deformities of both hips severe enough to force him to use leg braces as a youngster, Reggie Miller eventually increased his leg strength enough not only to move normally but to become a superstar on the basketball court.
Miller was born into a competitive athlete’s family, with a brother, Darrell, in baseball’s Major League, and two sisters, Tammy and Cheryl, who distinguished themselves in college sports. Cheryl went on to play in the 1984 Olympic women’s basketball team, which took home the gold for the United States.
During his college years, Miller played for the UCLA Bruins, where he began to show signs of star quality in the three-point field goal and focus under fire. He still holds the school record for total second half points, at 33 points in 1987, and ranked second only to mega-star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in all time scoring. Several of Miller’s records during his stint at UCLA still stand.
In 1987, the Pacers picked Miller for their NBA draft. He continued to rack up achievements and awards throughout his long career, including a five-time NBA All-Star, three time All-NBA Third Team selection and All-Time champion in the three-point field goal for the entire NBA.
Today, Reggie Miller enjoys a position as NBA commentator on TNT. There are rumors, however, of a comeback with the Bruins, but it remains to be seen whether or not “Miller Time” will be resurrected on the courts.
Reggie Miller will, however, always be one of the brightest stars in the long list of famous Indianapolis people.
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