Local basketball phenomenon, Reggie Miller, was born in Riverside in 1965. His older sister, Cheryl, brought the Miller name to the attention of local fans with her outstanding court play at Riverside Poly High School, and Reggie expanded on her legend.
At Poly Reggie was an all Ivy League and all CIF basketball player. He went on to UCLA, where he received a degree in history and was named an All American basketball player. In 1987 Miller was selected by the Indiana Pacers as the 11th pick of the first round of the NBA draft. While with the Pacers, Miller led the pack as he:
- set the NBA 3-point field goal record at 2,560
- participated in the Olympics as a member of the gold medal-winning team in 1996, the 1994 Team USA and the 2002 World Championships.
- was the first Pacer to start in an NBA All-Star game
- moved into 12th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list in 2005
- played more games with the same team than all but two other NBA players
One of the most celebrated games of his career took place in 1995. Miller scored eight points in the last 8.9 seconds of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Knicks, leading the Pacers to a 107-105 victory.
Before retiring in 2005, Miller was awarded the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for “outstanding service to the community.” He lives in Indiana and is in his fourth year as an NBA analyst for TNT. Miller’s charitable interests range far and wide and include the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Riley Hospital for Children and his own Reggie Miller Foundation formed to assist fire victims.