Reggie Miller: Beyond the Glory (Basketball Documentary)Jun 09, 2021
we could barely move and i certainly couldn't run and he certainly couldn't jump he was trying to move but he wasn't very mobile and Oto heard my mom and dad say man if he can only walk it's a miracle. While the rest of the Miller family played fierce games of
basketballin the backyard, Reggie sat on the sidelines looking out the kitchen window with your mom, you know, not getting a chance to go out because you're wearing braces, it was hard on the legs. Reggie's gradually straightened out as she grew eager to compete, she challenged her older sister to one-on-one games, but Cheryl Miller was no ordinary sister, she was on her way to becoming the greatest
basketballplayer of her time. just stomp all over he was just a skinny little twig most of the times we've come to blows oh we beat him up and you know daddy's going out never put your hands on your brother but as their competitions got fierce sheryl and
reggiecame up just a year apart and the age they teamed up to push kids around the neighborhood and two-on-two games and that's the guy they want to play Italy 2-1 for sure but you know who your second what do i call my sister any of the guys will start laughing and you know since you got the girl you go first and that's all she wrote and then we're off. his high school teammates came to practice his little brother started showing off his skills because he shot full speed and he never missed and that's how he ended up with that high high bow he has for Cheryl would protect him having a chance to play with these very talented and beautiful women I mean you know the guy you are yeah sure you do I hope I'm the odd man Reggie became a big shot on his high school team when 90 scored 39 points only to find out Lee came home Cheryl had finished him off again I gave him cocaine I never had home field advantage I was always on the road Reggie was largely ignored by major colleges only got one offer from his school dreams UCLA after their top recruits went somewhere else but my heart was set on going to UCLA every kid in California wants to go to UCLA but I had to wait until came a knock on the door as Sheryl led rival USC to a national title and won an Olympic gold medal in 1984.
Reggie struggled to make his mark at UCLA as a sophomore, he was just playing. a show on and off the court that you could actually dance to had some serious moves, but when Reggie blossomed as a posing player, fans tried to knock him off his game by chanting Cheryl's name in derision every time he touched the ball whenever Reggie played the ball. she'd yell Cheryl Cheryl Cheryl Cheryl Cheryl and every time she went on the cable they'd be chatting to Cheryl and she'd drive most people crazy instead of withering under the pressure Reggie soaked up five j's she wanted to show she was strong and she didn't want people to thought he was weak or soft because of his size with his build or because he was Cheryl's little brother he has a nasty streak to him I wonder where that Miller's in came from -The attitude on your face annoys some people, but when he played in the summer against NBA stars like Magic Johnson, Byron Scott and Michael Cooper, they told him to keep it up.
I've never seen a guy work as hard as Reggie. Miller, I come here every day, those guys got knocked out when they were playing impromptu games and all they wanted to do was win and as you know they were my teachers so they share some of the blame in the spring of 1985. Miller led UCLA to the NIT title game against Bobby Knights Indiana Hoosiers scored 18 points to lead his team to victory so cocky his team is so cocky we didn't get a chance to beat them in the NIT and we smoked them Reggie Miller had handed over his Indiana business card in no time would have him lead Indiana into battle e on Broadway's biggest stage that's a leash don't get mad at me I wasn't a psychopath but Reggie Miller had overcome a crippling childhood disability I'm a college star heading to the pros, but on the night of the 1987 NBA draft he was selected by a team that never heard of the Pacers selecting Reggie Miller from UCLA India if he wanted to.
They were something I said I don't know Riddler this is news to me because I don't even think they had a team if Reggie was shocked with the pick Indiana fans were mad that their hometown star Steve Alford had just led the Hoosiers to the title of the NCAA. We were talking about a true local hero who was being compared to Larry Bird and people like that at the time, so when we cast Reggie Miller. it was a shock to the system of a lot of people here to open the paper and say Reggie who offered this he can screw up real good I'm back on track his first season Miller broke the record for 3 pointers by a rookie in his third year . he was averaging 25 points a game t the better he got the more opponents tried to take him down with punishing physical play, this guy came off the screen and got hit so hard he went to his knees then got up and said something to him and hit the next three Reggie. much tougher than he looks you can hit him you can knock him down but he always seems to get up but while Miller was paying his dues some outside of Indiana realized his friends urged him to honor his contract and sign with a better equipment.
Reggie refused. I was one of the people who was like hey, you know, play for the Lakers. You'll never be a star in Indiana. There are a lot of people telling me to go somewhere else, but I just couldn't do it. is to establish something where no one else has before regi dedicated himself to his new home visited local school kids bragged about a teen talk show felt comfortable in a community that was a lot like Riverside where you could walk walk down the street and say h Hello, how is your day? and people said that his lower back began to get used to the quiet life.
Reggie was settling in Indiana for the long term in 1992. He and his girlfriend, Chicago model and aspiring actress Marita Stavro, remarried. Reggie called it the happiest day of his life he was young thinking ideally this is you know what you want Blueberry was all Richie ever wanted and then something and Indiana isn't that far from Mayberry so in his mind and in his heart he has the perfect setting the perfect pitch when Reggie and Morita settled in Indiana their team may find its rhythm as well in the spring of 1994 under new coach Larry Brown The Pacers won their first NBA playoff series and then won the round to make boil hoosier fever it's so loud another scary and the city is so electric alive in a conference notorious for its toughness the new york knicks were the biggest bullies on the block the team that combines cocky attitude with knock down physical play, just they always thought they were so much better than everyone else, New Yorkers, and they just thought they knew they were a godsend to basketball. games each, the next one he took a commanding lead through three-quarters of Game five at Madison Square Garden.
Miller was shooting poorly and found out about the next number one fan, Spike Lee. India Hicks and this is all good I want to try and shoot this right every time just to make a point Miller drained 1/3 after the next and followed every basket taunting Spike it was like he just snapped y'know take this private soon it was very public of me and everyone saw it and then he did that and both things were directed at me that i got sick of hearing his fucking mouth you know how you know what entertainment is and you pay good money for this seats you're not going to talk to me about any Somehow, who unleashed like a rage on me, like he was playing something, Miller's dramatic display led the Pacers to victory, heralding his arrival as an NBA star, turning Spike into a scapegoat. for the next two feet i'm on the front page they blame me for the loss he's their biggest fan god bless him everyone should have especially that's so loyal but sometimes you have to know when to say win despite
miller's heroics the knicks are back he won the series in seven games, but by the time it was over, Reggie had put his team on the map and made his on-court confrontation with Spike Lee the stuff of legend wherever he goes in the world people have so many friends Spike Reggie Reggie, how is your friend
We did a commercial together after that good take. Cheryl prepares the police if Tonya shoots. Hey, you just did Indiana. How do you shoot these things? They are heavy like next year. He did the same at Madison Square Garden for the first game of the 1995 conference semifinals, the Knicks led by six points with 18 seconds to go, the game seemed almost over: everyone but Miller, so many people who were in the game and left. I know many players who thought. it's over on both teams, but here's a guy who saw there was still time, let's train and they're 105 minutes late.
I made it to the top three, even though he says I did. shot and then looked at Spike Indiana won the game and the series cemented Reggie strep your station is us whats the biggest nightmare I was right there and disbelief concedes your victory just evaporates no one else wants to tell me they do it with It blows my job. Good job, so I feel like I was helping a nation where the Pacers lost the next series in seven games. Reggie Miller had become a Heartland hero, but a sinister crime would turn that triumph on the board.
It was like the towering hell of nothing but flames. You can hear the pain in his voice, you can see the tears in his eyes that made me wonder if it was all worth it and I really didn't think it was: the classic playoff series with the New York Knicks propelled the Indiana Pacers to the first places. of the NBA's contenders and transformed Reggie Miller into an Indiana icon. It was cool to see the pitch of him off the side of the building. It was great to see the way people hugged him because he worked hard and he deserved it.
I know it's not you, it's not you, Reggie system, TV may start for the third time as the Pacers hunted for the playoffs in 1996, but less than two weeks before they start, luck ran out on the clock. out to heal our search rebound Miller went to the hospital with a concussion, sprained neck and fractured orbital bone in his ear as he sucked at the required surgery and put his future on the line he was really scared that he not only didn't i would be able to come back or maybe even play a win i thought the orbital was going to affect my vision and obviously being a marksman and shooting long range is my livelihood its just memories from when i was a little kid with braces , not because he has a hard time walking, it's kind of like you know how to swing and weave and you know you don't have your balance and I'm like oh man not again not again not as hard as he worked but his Miller saw to his team fighting from the sidelines, he vowed to return to the court 22 Days Later, as Indiana faced playoff elimination, he did just that by risking his recovery to keep the Pacers' hopes alive.
People talk about Willis Reed limping out of the locker room. Well, here's Reggie Miller. the goal against great players and he just did it with abandon showed us the lion's share today even though the Pacers lost the series Miller grew in stature helped the US Olympic team win a gold medal in the summer of 1996 occupying his spot on the victory stand alongside his fellow superstars, but when Reggie returned to Indiana that fall, he was quickly knocked off his pedestal, the Pacers and Miller played poorly all season, and when negotiations for a new contract stalled, fans showed him little. likability his game was off he wasn't playing on his best shots they weren't going down I think a lot of it had to do with the confusion that was going on off the floor while Reggie was wrestling with the Pacers his wife Marita was trying to starting an acting career in Hollywood her long separations and professional conflicts affected the marriage she was a city girl from Chicago she never really ever liked Indiana she was in different places I was in different places and people drifted apart as the Pacers stumbled across Throughout the season Miller's contract dispute dragged on the mood in Indiana turned ugly Reggie started getting anonymous phone calls at his house he's getting death threats people aren't Talking about if you don't sign what they want, You know, using the n word, we don't shoot your dogs.
I didn't really appreciate some of the messages, especially to someone who I felt was giving my all for Indiana, you know? I always feel like if you treat people the way you want to be treated then racism shouldn't exist and unfortunately it does and now I hear you tell me you know what Cheryl maybe I should work on keeping your marriage Reggie Marita bought a big houseand posh lakeside and indianapolis in may 1997 they moved in with their belongings and we're getting ready to move in themselves he's desperately trying to do his best to maintain some semblance of normalcy, you know, because everything else is chaotic in the early hours of the morning of May 15 while Marita was working in Los Angeles a phone call at her old house woke Reggie from his sleep I will never call at 4:00 4:30 in the morning there is a fire in your house I am like no, there isn't, I'm at it the house I'm in my house as I know you knew the house in a quiet place is Reggie drove to the house the clouds have filled the sky with smoke when he got there the fire was out of control so i see all the smoke i see all the helicopters i mean it was like hell towering it was just flames i'm thinking oh my gosh what is this say hamilton county authorities. the intense fire that destroyed the house of guard pacer Reggie Miller was not an accident, the fire that brought down the 2 million dollar house at Geist Reservoir was arson because they say it was arson but how do they know that I was not there? that could be potential murder.
I can see him standing on, you know, freshly burned wood trying to figure out why someone would do this. Have I ever done what I did to these people? You know that this contract negotiations are ongoing and I want to say that I am like someone is burning my house down. You know I really want to stay here in Indiana in the weeks after the fire. he left. Giving enough time to Miller to reflect on the motives behind the crime, he began receiving copycat letters with people saying "I did it, you know it made me sit up and start thinking if it was all worth it and I really didn't think it was worth it." Miller told the Pacers general manager over dinner with Walsh that he planned to retire and leave Indiana, but while Reggie was still thinking about his future, we got a phone call from new Pacers head coach Larry Bird. decision I decided to make but it says but I'm just going to say one thing this city and I really need you my thing was I just told Reggie we need to get this franchise back up to speed it's going through a tough time but it seems time heals all wounds and this is legend one of the greatest athletes of our time telling me who hasn't won you know we need you here reggie
millerwould put his faith in him you know once again and i would put his reputation on the line against their best player all i knew h He was the best and everyone knew he was the best but i thought i could help you better want to do it good.
I don't do well with different types of players, but when the game is on the line, we both wanted to play with Bird at the helm that was removed by the Pacers and Hillier took over, nailing game-winning shots 14 times during the regular season and then leaving for Indiana to enter another playoff battle against New York. the Reggie air was wide open throughout the garden. Oh, okay, it's time to go home. Spike, the Pacers were back in the Eastern Conference Finals this time with a chance to dethrone the five-time champion Chicago Bulls and for Reggie a chance to go head-to-head. with michael jordan this is what i've always been waiting to go against michael this is what i've always wanted and over a decade my lord and to face jordan on the court sometimes missing but always giving a step forward.
The challenge, this residue always came out and competed with them and it shows because Michael got angry now. Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller try and I mean we get prosecutors here comes Reggie Miller. Michael Jordan and Larry Bird were the three biggest. Trash talkers in the history of this game, but they were also three of the best to back it up. I wasn't the best athlete. The fastest. The fastest jump. The tallest. That was not me. but when the 1998 Conference Finals began, Michael Jordan took control and led the Bulls to two wins in Chicago, to make matters worse, Miller sprained his ankle in the third quarter of Game three you're playing, you know Chicago Bulls on a national stage wasn't going to let Michael know that you know he wasn't physically playing 100% through the pain.
Another scored 20 points to lead Indiana to victory and then trailed by one point with two seconds to play late in Game four. Phasers pinned their hopes on Regg. that is, shoulders with 2.9 seconds Harper's on Miller, the team he was jumping on. I'm like oh my gosh my ankle hurts but who cares. Game seven but just when it looked like Indiana might be thrown into Chicago and make it to the NBA Finals the Bulls drew to win he really believed they were going to take out the Chicago Bulls I mean the shock was he didn't they did, we should have. we won we had a game seven we didn't have and we blew it Miller's frustrations didn't end next season Indiana was beaten in the Conference Finals yet again this time by their nemesis the Knicks always desperate to get their team out of the hump Mueller spent the 1999 offseason working harder than ever he's trying to put on a little more weight he's lifting harder he's almost obsessed with the fact that he couldn't get over that hill, but after nine trips to the agent The playoffs Injuries were wearing Miller and his teammates down as the 2000 playoffs began The Pacers stumbled and were pushed to the brink of first-round elimination Teammates before the deciding game 5 Miller risked his reputation by donning a jersey Superman when he entered the arena I told myself that it was going to take a superhuman effort and what really good things could irritate me and that me wearing the Man of Steel then played as he goes to 41 points to save the series Reggie was on a roll he let the Pacers beat Philadelphia in six games and was in New York for the Eastern Conference crown the final matchup against the Knicks which they made shots that Nagaina will probably never roll back 3-pointers and up-and-downs again and I've never seen a guy stay focused and stay that way like Reggie the Indiana Pacers on their way to the NBA Finals for the first time in their history, it's alright the guys hugged my teammates even tighter no they're not proud anymore here was a guy who's been an underdog his whole life and there's always someone maybe a little faster a little bigger a little more athletic and couldn't turn the corner, but eventually game six and bully Reggie Melon's backyard won that fight.
Miller had led Indiana to the NBA Finals for the first time in its history by himself. to meet the Los Angeles Lakers refused to let his team go quietly, we assembled the Pacers with emotionally charged performances averaging 27 points in the last five games, but in the end, Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, proved too much as they defeated Indiana four games to two. and bringing another season of triumph to a bittersweet end, oh you had little Superman against big Superman, his jersey just wasn't powerful enough to beat Jack, that's good when people patch up. The back of the sale is a competitive series, but the bottom line is that there is no jewelry on your finger.
They have the jewelry and you don't. Reggie Miller had led his team the furthest in Indiana, he still had one more score. working it out is something I don't think you'll really recover from because it's on his mind if you don't know if there's someone out there who just doesn't like you after ten trips to the playoffs Reggie Miller had he finally made it to the NBA Finals , but once the season was over, Larry Bird left his coach and several top players were traded or retired, ending Indiana's reign as contenders and leaving Miller with the task of starting from scratch once again. .
I was devastated we had just come off a very grueling six game final loss to the Lakers hoping we would have a chance to do it again and everyone is gone became official in April 2001 no one wants a divorce but thinks it's a curse so I probably stayed four years longer than I should have, the arsonist who burned down Miller's house in the spring of 1997 was never found and though Reggie rebuilt the house the mystery behind the crime has left lasting scars if this day we haven't figured out what the hell this is and you'll get your occasional letters every six months you know remind me it's the not knowing that's killing me about what happened but Miller channeled his grief in other ways by raising money for the survivors of the New York firefighters York who died during 9/11 and helping child burn victims through the Reggie Miller Foundation. to the core of what this is and i'm going to make a difference brothers and sisters cats and dogs what's your dog's name like a heart to the kids and he understands that you know that if it wasn't for some reason A graceful grace was imparted to him.
You know that he could be one of those children that he is visiting. Miller is mentoring a younger generation on the court and also on a Pacers team full of up-and-coming talent. He's become Uncle Reggie, a battle-tested veteran of the old school, hopefully, especially today, me in the face isn't even for a while and you like a dad dad to everyone. play the right play we play the right way guys we can win but that's the hard part of this pipeline, you know, to a younger generation in the summer of 2003, Reggie Miller was almost 38 years old and a free agent with one last chance at directing. ring, but despite offers to join more proven title contenders, he chose to end his career where he began in Indiana.
Busi nessman, he was really stupid in Indiana and I would have preferred him to go somewhere where always, I mean, that's what he really wants, but he's loyal away from court. Miller lives a low-key lifestyle that suits his surroundings, making time for old friends and old-fashioned pleasures Reggie is really boring off the court extremely boring very low-key he is he was born no he's not shy he was just born i consider myself a loser at heart i have been accepted i have accepted it now i know we are a year and a half behind most big cities in fashion and culture and everything else music everything or always are behind Reggie Miller beat the odds to become one of the great key performers in all of sports showed his courage and character by standing up with his team, his franchise and his community when it mattered most Reggie Miller is Indian there was a time you could have said Bobby Knight there was a time when you could have said Larry Bird but in the last 16 17 years and Counting Reggie Miller has been the show he's the kind of guy you want your child to s grew up like we know he loves him they should because he is a special person we are afraid of losers we are afraid to live life we were afraid to take that risk all of us that is my humanity you know he likes the Reggie Millers of the world you know what he doesn't he is afraid he is not afraid of failing and that is really the reason why we practice athletics and professional sports that you are living in the moment that is what I love about it just give me the ball do you how many years did the bow give me
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