Even back then,Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller was clutch.
With his Hall of Fame induction now in the books, Pro Basketball Talk decided to dig up some history on Miller from the 1990’s biography, I Love Being the Enemy, on how him and his sister Cheryl Miller used to hustle kids on the playgrounds in pickup basketball games. After they completed their plan, both the Millers siblings would head down to McDonald’s and get some Happy Meals.
“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.”
Gotta love it.