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    I am having a hard time composing myself for this message...Reggie Miller might just be a basketball player or even less to many people in this world, but he means so much more than that to me. The words will never be perfect, but as I am emotionally raw, I will type what I feel right now.

    As the warm tears roll down my cheeks, I think of all the great things that Reggie has done for the Pacers,and for the state of Indiana. I have lived in Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York, but make no mistake, I have always considered myself one thing...a Hoosier. I have also always considered myself a Pacer fan.

    Reggie has resembled all the things that are right in the world to me. He has worked constantly to make himself better, he has always given all that he has on and off the court, and he has been the most loyal soldier that I have ever witnessed.

    There are many people who see basketball as just a game. When I got distraught watching this game tonight, my wife, like many nights, just didn't get it. The game of basketball itself, might just be a game, but the efforts, pride, work ethic, and valor of some of those who play it transcend the game itself. Reggie is one of those individuals

    Reggie represents so many things to me. He embodies so many different people. He is the lunch pail guy who punches the clock, he is the courageous sniper who makes the crucial shot, he is the consumate supportive friend, he is the strong person who puts all of the pressures of many on his shoulders, and he gives hope in the hours when all hope is lost.

    He is an unselfish person who swallows his ego and defers to the betterment of the whole. He takes his personal time to spend with sick, disabled, and downtrodden. He helps those in need, and he asks for nothing in return. He does the right things for the right reasons.

    It is rare that you see the individual that has the courage to sling the stone at Goliath, but who shuns such triumphs for personal glory.

    Reggie Miller gives me hope when all seems bleak, because I have seen him rise up when all hope is lost. He gives me courage to face difficult situations, because I have seen him face the most difficult with zeal and determination. He has taught me the effervescent pride that loyalty brings, and the utter respect that being a champion demands.

    Reggie Miller may have never won an NBA championship, but to me, he is a champion with no peers. God bless you Reggie Miller. There will never be another like you. Thank you for the time in your life that you have granted us. You will never be forgotten. #31 forever.
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    Fantastic post. I agree with you more then words can explain.

    All us Pacer fans can cry together, and say goodbye to Reggie.

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    I am having a hard time composing myself for this message...Reggie Miller might just be a basketball player or even less to many people in this world, but he means so much more than that to me. The words will never be perfect, but as I am emotionally raw, so I will type what I feel right now.

    As the warm tears roll down my cheeks, I think of all the great things that Reggie has done for the Pacers,and for the state of Indiana. I have lived in Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York, but make not mistake, I have always considered myself one thing...a Hoosier. I have also always considered myself a Pacer fan.

    Reggie has resembled all the things that are right in the world to me. He has worked constantly to make himself better, he has always given all that he has on and off the court, and he has been the most loyal soldier that I have ever witnessed.

    There are many people who see basketball as just a game. When I got distraught watching this game tonight, my wife, like many nights, just didn't get it. The game of basketball itself, might just be a game, but the efforts, pride, work ethic, and valor of some of those who play it transcend the game itself. Reggie is one of those individuals

    Reggie represents so many things to me. He embodies so many different people. He is the lunch pail guy who punches the clock, he is the courageous sniper who makes the crucial shot, he is the consumate supportive friend, he is the strong person who takes puts all of the pressures of many on his shoulders, and he gives hope in the hours when all hope is lost.

    He is an unselfish person who swallows his ego and defers to the betterment of the whole. He takes his personal time to spend with sick, disabled, and downtrodden. He helps those in need, and he asks for nothing in return. He does the right things for the right reasons.

    It is rare that you see the individual that has the courage to sling the stone at Goliath, but who is also willing to sacrifice such triumphs for personal glory.

    Reggie Miller gives me hope when all seems bleak, because I have seen him rise up when all hope is lost. He gives me courage to face difficult situations, because I have seen him face the most difficult with zeal and determination. He has taught me the effervescent pride that loyalty brings, and the utter respect that being a champion demands.

    Reggie Miller may have never won an NBA championship, but to me, he is a champion with no peers. God bless you Reggie Miller. There will never be another like you. Thank you for the time in your life that you have granted us. You will never be forgotten. #31 forever.
    Awesome, thanks for posting your thoughts. We'll always miss him.

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    Outstanding post Brent.

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    Watching Reggie for the last time tonight was the single hardest thing I've ever been through. That may seem a bit overdone for some, but for Pacer fans, I believe it is understandable.

    I sit here tonight both proud and devastated. I am proud to have been a witness to the heroics of Reggie Miller, but am devastated that I have witnessed his last. Reggie means the world to me, he taught me life lessons, and we never even met. I have learned never to give up and to earn respect through my actions. No other player in the NBA has ever meant as much to one franchise as Reggie has.

    Miller Time is over, but only in the physical sense. Reggie will live on in hearts and minds everywhere, he will never be forgotten. I know that there are similar threads that are dedicated to this topic, and I'm sure I've posted in most of him, but never with this much emotion.

    As the last 15 seconds of the game came, and Larry Brown shut the curtain on #31's career with class and grace,I broke down. Without warning I think that I sobbed as much as one human possibly can; no one stopped me, no touched me, they all understood the emotional connection I had built, and they had felt it too.

    Reggie, you are my hero. Plain and Simple, there will never be another person or player like you. I will always remember the buzzerbeaters, blowouts, and accomplishments you have attributed to the Indiana Pacers. I love you and you are forever preserved in our hearts and memories.

    Who would have ever thought 18 years ago when they booed him when he came, that one day we would all cry at his departure.

    #31 lives.....forever

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    Great post, brich, very heart-felt and well thought-out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brich
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    I am having a hard time composing myself for this message...Reggie Miller might just be a basketball player or even less to many people in this world, but he means so much more than that to me. The words will never be perfect, but as I am emotionally raw, so I will type what I feel right now.

    As the warm tears roll down my cheeks, I think of all the great things that Reggie has done for the Pacers,and for the state of Indiana. I have lived in Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York, but make not mistake, I have always considered myself one thing...a Hoosier. I have also always considered myself a Pacer fan.

    Reggie has resembled all the things that are right in the world to me. He has worked constantly to make himself better, he has always given all that he has on and off the court, and he has been the most loyal soldier that I have ever witnessed.

    There are many people who see basketball as just a game. When I got distraught watching this game tonight, my wife, like many nights, just didn't get it. The game of basketball itself, might just be a game, but the efforts, pride, work ethic, and valor of some of those who play it transcend the game itself. Reggie is one of those individuals

    Reggie represents so many things to me. He embodies so many different people. He is the lunch pail guy who punches the clock, he is the courageous sniper who makes the crucial shot, he is the consumate supportive friend, he is the strong person who takes puts all of the pressures of many on his shoulders, and he gives hope in the hours when all hope is lost.

    He is an unselfish person who swallows his ego and defers to the betterment of the whole. He takes his personal time to spend with sick, disabled, and downtrodden. He helps those in need, and he asks for nothing in return. He does the right things for the right reasons.

    It is rare that you see the individual that has the courage to sling the stone at Goliath, but who is also willing to sacrifice such triumphs for personal glory.

    Reggie Miller gives me hope when all seems bleak, because I have seen him rise up when all hope is lost. He gives me courage to face difficult situations, because I have seen him face the most difficult with zeal and determination. He has taught me the effervescent pride that loyalty brings, and the utter respect that being a champion demands.

    Reggie Miller may have never won an NBA championship, but to me, he is a champion with no peers. God bless you Reggie Miller. There will never be another like you. Thank you for the time in your life that you have granted us. You will never be forgotten. #31 forever.


    That was one of the best posts I have read on this forum because this Reggie thing transcends basketball. It is about getting the max out of what you have. There are few individuals in any walk of life

    a - who get the max out of what they have
    b - who go out on top - even in retirement he has been so assertive about not coming back. If he sticks to that decison and I hope he does, that decison requires ultimate will because as Michael and Magic found out it is not very easy to stay away from the limelight.


    The following are the things that I will have learned from and will identify with Reggie.

    a - In a wierd way, Reggie throughout his career has had an incredible amount of success but never ultimate success for reasons outside of his control. I find myself being in that situation a lot and it pains me to see Reggie in that situation. What I can learn from what Reggie did this season is that even if things do not go your way and you are in a lot of trouble, you have to be patient and keep fighting.

    b - One of the hardest things in life is to be able to get along with people who are 10 to 15 years younger than you. You have to know when to force an issue, when to step back. You have to swallow your ego for the betterment of everyone involved. Reggie has graciously done that and I hope people do not take that for granted. It is not an easy thing to get the respect of one and all.

    c - Work ethic and Professionalism- NBA players have all their salary guaranteed. It takes an incredible amount of motivation to keep yourself fit in the offseason and the results are obvious. Reggie missed only 30 to 40 games in an 18 year career which also had 144 post season games.

    d - Playing within the system - Reggie in this series against Detroit scored 94 points putting up only 32 shots. Every NBA player has this temptation to break a play and go one on one or what not. Reggie has always been a team guy and played within the system. That requires an incredible amount of will power to continously feed Rik Smits and JO in the post because that is what the coach asked him to do.

    e - Competetiveness - Greg Antony, ESPN analyst said "Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller were the most competetive players he ever saw even though Reggie did not have all the physical tools". I have always admired Reggie for not sucking up to Michael Jordan. He always respected Michael's game but never looked at him as an enemy. If there was one player who ever got into Jordan's head it was Reggie. If there was one player who posterized Michael Jordan it was Reggie Miller (on that game winning three)



    f -Basketball Savvy - Enough said. Did you guys see Reggie work Salvatorre and Spooner to get the 2 point basket changed to a three point basket. He always knew the rules well and was always working the refs. I have never seen a refree come and hug a player after the players last game. Benett Salvatorre did that and that is the ultimate complement.


    I can go on and on but I will cherish the memories Reggie has given us through the years and use his career as an inspiration and motivation to succeed and be physically fit in my life.

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    All I can do is pray that Reggie decides to make some sort of return. He can obviously still play quality basketball but if he wants to retire I can't argue with him.

    He represented basketball at it's finest to me. He was a loyal player who found the work ethic and drive in himself to fully maximize his potential. He is a scrawny 6'7" guard who defied all previous knowledge of basketball. His shot was seen by many to be too unorthodox to make it any where in the league, but he came early and stayed late to tone his shot and become one of, if not the greatest shooter of all time.

    I don't know how I am going to react to seeing the Pacers next season without Reggie out on the court. I am 21 years old and every Pacer game I can remember watching has had Reggie Miller in it. I honestly don't know if I can continue to love this franchise as much as I did when Reggie was a part of it.

    I'm going to miss #31

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    Yeah next year is going to be really interesting. I guess we will find out how much reggie REALLY mattered.

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