I grew up a diehard New York Knicks fan — and to my own detriment, I still am. And if “His Airness” Michael Jordan wasn’t breaking my young heart, it was the infamous “Knick Killer” himself, Reggie Miller.
Miller, 52, played his entire Hall of Fame NBA career for the Indiana Pacers, and when he retired in 2005 he was the all-time leader in three-pointers (since Miller’s retirement Ray Allen jumped ahead of him on that list). But all of that aside, Reggie Miller has become a total badass in retirement.
So glad I was able to race the @shoaircg #GoldStateSeries in Fontana this past weekend, got to see some amazing and fast racers. I will be off the bike for a bit as my FUN really starts with the NBA Playoffs kicking off this weekend. My partner the Voice, @kevinharlancbstnt and I will have the best seats in the house. Who do you guys have coming out of the West and East?? 📸: @pbcreative #WeekendWarriorRacer #WeCanRebuildHim #RidersUp
Miller, who is from Riverside, California, has totally immersed himself in mountain biking, even competing in individual cross-country and endurance events. This past season Miller won two races in the Beginner 50+ category, and has upgraded to the Sport category for 2018. Checking his Instagram, it’s filled nearly with daily posts of Miller riding and training.
In a recent interview, Miller met up with writer Gloria Liu for some riding and insight into Miller’s newfound love. He tells her the story of how he got hooked with mountain biking in 2002 when Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford saw him at a restaurant and invited Miller to go along on a ride that included big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton. From that moment on, Miller was hooked.
Was great to get back to racing, loved everything about the @shoaircg #GoldStateSeries… Finished 7th out of 16 very FAST riders, also 1 minute faster then my last outing 💪🏾.. Was great to saddle up with my @redzoneracing1 family, talk about family affair.. 📸: @philieman @centurydreamhomes_rguzman #RidersUp #SweatToTheOldies #WeCanRebuildHim
Miller is 6-feet 7-inches tall and rides an XXL Santa Cruz Tallboy, which is the only production full-suspension bike he’s tried that fits him. He’s also an NBA analyst for TNT, so he’s very much still involved with basketball.
As he told Liu:
“I’d love to see big Shaq out here. Love to see Charles [Barkley]. They think I’m crazy. They’re like, ‘Retired means retired. It’s not doing all that working out.’ I’m like, ‘No, retired means still being fit, looking good.’ When you retire, you don’t get fat and old. C’mon, it’s like a shark. Sharks never stop swimming, that’s when they die. You gotta keep moving.”
While Miller was one of the most competitive NBA players (he was also quite good at trash talking), his biking pursuits aren’t necessarily (totally) about competing.
“I just want to have fun,” he said. “The best thing that has happened has been the racing. It brings back those juices, you know, your name being called in the starting lineup, and you’re competing. It’s a different discipline, but still those juices are there.”
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