BHA’s 25 Days of Reggie, #23 – Gold Medal Winner

All December long the Back Home Again staff will be recounting the Top 25 Reggie Miller Moments of all-time as part of our “25 Days of Reggie.” The countdown will serve as a great way to get geared up for the start of the 2011 NBA season (and Christmas) as we remember and honor one of the NBA’s most clutch performers and the Indiana Pacers’ greatest player ever.

At #23 of the countdown we take a look at Reggie’s participation on the Men’s USA Basketball team in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.  This was the third time that NBA players were allowed to play on international teams, and thus the team was called “Dream Team III.”  Other team members were Barkley, Hardaway, Hill, Olajuwon, Malone, O’Neal, Payton, Pippen, Richmond, Robinson, and Stockton.  Lenny Wilkens was the head coach.

Reggie played a strong role on this team of phenoms.  He started in five of the eight games, averaged 11.4 points per game, and had the second-highest point total on the team, with 91 points.  Without a doubt, his participation and gold medal are great memories for Reggie, and the fact that he played an integral role on a “Dream Team” lends great support for his Hall of Fame prospects.  His participation also created a must-have for any true Reggie fan, a USA #10 Miller jersey

The team had little trouble throughout the Olympics, going a perfect 8-0 with the closest game being a 22-point victory over Lithuania.  Reggie and the boys won the gold medal by defeating the legendary Vlade Divac and Yugoslavia.  Here are the final seconds of that championship game.  You can see how much Reggie enjoyed himself with those guys.

Send us your favorite Miller Moments at bhamailbag.gmail.com.

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About Zach Haselhorst

Social Studies teacher at a Catholic High School. Recent graduate of Purdue University. Degrees in political science and social studies education. My fanhood and bias rests with the Pacers, Colts, Cubs, and Boilers. I also enjoy following politics and reading about American history.
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