Date of Birth:24 August 1965
Born At:Riverside, California USA
NBA Experience :17 seasons
Reggie Miller biography
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Reggie Miller’s professional basketball career is that he had one at all.
Born to Saul and Carrie Miller on Aug. 24,1965, in Riverside, Ca., Reginald Wayne Miller was born with a hip deformity that caused severely splayed feet. For the first four years of his life he wore leg braces to correct the birth defect and doctors questioned if he would ever walk unassisted. The braces came off when he was five and Miller made up for lost time in trying to keep up with his athletic brothers and sisters.
Though he got a late start, he soon gained ground in an athletic family. His sister Cheryl may have been the best woman basketball player ever. His brother Darrell has had a long major league career as a catcher. Another sister, Tammy, played volleyball at Cal State-Fullerton.
Initially, Reggie chose baseball and as a 12-year-old in Little League, he batted over .500 and was a pitcher who no one could hit. At Riverside Polytechnic High School he switched to basketball. At UCLA he was a star and scored 2,095 points – second in that school’s history to the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
In 1990, he was chosen for his first NBA All-Star game. He continued to improve his game. The Pacers granted him a seven-year, $18 million contract extension. By 1993, he had become the Pacers’ all-time leading scorer.
Although regarded as one of the best shooters in the NBA, Miller did not receive much national attention until the 1994 playoffs. He led the Pacers to their first-ever playoff series victory against the Orlando Magic. The team then defeated the Atlanta Hawks in the second round.
Miller played his final regular season game on April 20, 2005 and was honored by an emotional crowd at Conseco Fieldhouse. But it wasn’t Miller’s final game just yet. The Pacers — remarkably — had made it into the playoffs. As he had throughout his career, Miller came up with some big games and clutch shots to help Indiana eliminate Boston and go up 2-1 against Detroit. But the Pacers were outmatched against the defending national champions and the Pistons closed out the series, and Miller’s career, on May 19, 2005 at Conseco Fieldhouse. Miller led the Pacers with 27 points, but it wasn’t enough. With the outcome decided, Pacers coach Rick Carlisle took Miller out of the game with 15 seconds left. The home team crowd gave Miller a standing ovation, as did the Pistons. Detroit coach Larry Brown, who once coached the Pacers early in Miller’s career, called a timeout while he and the Pistons joined in the applause.