Far removed from his days of dominating the hardwood, one former UCLA Bruins legend took a crack at a different sport from his familiar post on the courts of both Pauley Pavillion and the NBA.
Switching gears during his time off from his role as a TNT commentator, the Hall of Fame shooting sensation Reggie Miller shared his recent escapade involving a strenuous 100-mile cycling competition that left the former Bruin marked by the experience.
Starting his journey as a Bruin, Miller established himself as a standout player during his four-year stint at the university before making his transition to the NBA with the Indiana Pacers.
Within the NBA arena, Miller’s legacy blossomed as he carved a place among the league’s most remarkable shooters, ultimately ascending to become the record holder for the highest number of three-pointers in the league’s history.
Recognized as a five-time All-Star and a three-time all-NBA selection, Miller’s intense clashes in the Eastern Conference with formidable opponents like Patrick Ewing’s Knicks, Michael Jordan’s Bulls, and later the early 2000s Pistons, remain etched in the memories of fans spanning various generations.
“I was in survival mode after mile 55 when leg cramps made themselves a huge race presence. We started the race at 9 a.m. and it was already warm, it got up to 89 degrees for most of the race. So yes hardest day for me, but also this was the most fulfilling I’ve ever felt on two wheels and here’s WHY. At least 50 to 60 riders would roll up to me clearly seeing me in distress, a lot offered their own salt tabs stash, water, food etc. etc. This is why I will ALWAYS come do STBGRVL, the gravel community is unmatched with so much inclusiveness.. They weren’t helping me because I was ‘Reggie Miller,’ all they saw was another rider needing help.”
Although the taste of championship victory eluded him, with his closest attempt materializing in the 2000 finals against the dominant Shaq and Kobe Lakers, it’s evident that Miller has chosen to embrace novel challenges on the horizon. His latest endeavor takes the form of a grueling expedition through the untamed landscapes of Mother Nature, a feat that we can’t help but admire, even though we wouldn’t envy the hardship.
Taking up biking as his newfound passion, Reggie Miller’s journey showcases his willingness to venture beyond the familiar, embracing the rush of adrenaline and the thrill of competition in a realm far removed from the basketball court. As the Hall of Famer weaves his story through uncharted terrain, it’s clear that the spirit of a true competitor knows no boundaries, whether it’s sinking shots from beyond the arc or conquering the twists and turns of a challenging bike race.