Last week, Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller was inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame as part of the 2012 class and we here at That NBA Lottery Pick congratulate him on that accomplishment.
With people waxing poetic on Reggie's past, the folks over at Pro Basketball Talk reminisced
about one of my favorite stories from Miller's past when he and his sister Cheryl used to hustle kids in the fifth/sixth grade at pick-up hoops for cold hard cash:
“Back in the fifth and sixth grades, we’d go to the courts at John Adams Elementary or Hunt Park and hustle two-on-two games. We had it down to a science. It was the best hustle scam in Riverside, California.
“I’d tell Cheryl to hide in the bushes, and then I’d go up to a couple of older kids and arrange a game. ‘You guys want to play?’ I’d said. ‘I’m by myself … unless you count my sister.’
“Then I’d whistle, and Cheryl would come out from behind the bushes looking like she didn’t know a thing about basketball. You could see the two other guys looking at each other like, ‘Oh, my God, this is going to be easy.
“We’d play for ten dollars; the first team to 10 by ones would win the money. Then we’d get down, 5-0, double the bet, and then take care of business. I’d look at Cheryl, she’d look at me, we’d wink, and then … 10-5 us, and on our way to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal.”
If you want to read more classic Reggie stories like that, check out his 1990's book called, "I Love Being The Enemy