Reggie Miller. Record Breaking. Crippled. For most of you in the audience, when you think or talk of Reggie, 1 of 3 things comes to your head, UCLA, the Indiana Pacers, or 3 pointers. But did you know that as a child, Reggie was born with deformities in his hips that restricted his walking?
I have been given the great honor of inducting Reggie into the Hall of Fame. Now I could talk about the statistics or the numbers Reggie put up, (and I will later) but I think I should tell you a little about Reggie. He grew up with 3 extremely talented siblings. His older brother was a professional catcher in the MLB, his younger sister played Division I volleyball at Cal State Fullerton and his older and most famous sister is Cheryl Miller, debatably the greatest female basketball player of all time. Then there was little Reggie. Born a crippled and unable to run, jump, hop or even walk. For the first four years of his life he wore leg braces. Doctors wondered if he would ever walk straight in his life. Imagine how difficult it would have been to watch your older siblings do the things they did. But Reggie did not wallow in his own self pity. Instead he decided to do something about it. He began to work day by day. Always increasing his work ethic and taking as many physical therapy classes as he could. Until one day he beat his first obstacle. Soon another arouse. Reggie was always in his sister’s shadow. A question always asked of Cheryl and Reggie but rarely answered is “Who is the better ball player?” Now Reggie always said Cheryl and Cheryl always says Cheryl. But realistically Reggie always contributes a great deal of his game to Cheryl. He told me that the 1v1 games against his big sister were the hardest thing he has ever done in his life. He spent years of getting shots blocked, getting ran past and getting beat by great deals. Cheryl Miller never let up on her little brother and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Reggie believes that the odd...
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