Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller reveals how his sister had a huge role behind him becoming one of the games best trash-talkers.
Reggie Miller is one of the best shooters in the game’s history. Besides being known as one of the greatest shooting guards in the league, Miller is very famously also considered as one of the best trash-talkers of all time.
During the course of his illustrious 18-year career, the Hall-Of-Famer had several on-court antics, making highlights. However, no moment can be more famous than the time Reggie made a “choke” sign during the 1994 playoffs series against the New York Knicks.
For someone who was scrawny (6-foot-7, 185 pounds) according to NBA standards, Reggie wasn’t among the strongest or intimidating players of his time. And this is where he used his trash-talking skills to get in his opponents’ heads and have a psychological advantage over them.
During a 2015 episode on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, Miller revealed why he used to trash-talk a lot.
“I’m not the biggest of guys, I may be tall. But when I came into the league I was only 175-180 pounds. So, I wasn’t the biggest or strongest guy. I needed to have a little bit of an edge. My mouth was my edge.”
Reggie Miller revealed how he become one of the games best trash-talkers because of his sister
Reggie would not only talk trash but also had the skill set to back up his trash-talking. However, several people would wonder, where did Reggie Miller learn how to talk trash? Believe it or not, Cheryl Miller, his sister was the reason behind his trash talking.
Back in her era, Cheryl was one of the best women basketball players. She once scored 105 points in a high school game. And led USC to two NCAA wins, broke several USC and NCAA records. Cheryl even won National Player of the Year honours and won the 1984 Olympics gold medal with the USA.
Miller revealed how his sister would have no mercy on her siblings while playing basketball. And even Reggie wasn’t given any mercy by his elder sister. Cheryl’s beatings helped Reggie turn into the great trash-talker he is considered today.
“When you’re getting beat down by your sister, who’s the greatest women’s basketball player of all time, you learn to talk. Because I was getting beat down by her. And all my boys were laughing because I was getting beat down by her. But she was beating down them!”
“So I learned to talk there. And it kinda went to UCLA, and then it happened – I started talking as soon as I got into the League.”
Clearly, Reggie can thank his sister Cheryl for shaping him into the Hall-Of-Famer he is today, who retired the game as one of the best shooters and trash-talkers of all time.