Written by: Melissa Harder
Last week, Reggie Miller was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. The Mr. Potato Head with legs, or more conventionally described 6’7” former UCLA Bruin was selected 11thoverall in the 1987 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers where he spent his entire 18 year career.
A pure shooter, Miller constantly came off picks and curls to drain threes, usually in the face of a too slow defender. His end of game clutch shooting became known as “Miller Time”. With 2,560 made three-pointers, he ended his career as the NBA's greatest long range shooter. He poured in 25,279 points to finish his career in 12th place on league's all-time scoring list.
So his stats check out. They’re great. Really. But what makes him great in my eyes? The trash talk, obviously. Reggie Miller was a performer. Observe:
“He was one of the greatest trash talkers in the history of the game.” Ahmad Rashad
“He's maddening. He is a maddening human being.” Cheryl Miller
“I hated Reggie.” Patrick Ewing
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