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.
On the first Sunday in December, for moment #22, we focus in on Reggie’s international impact on the game (more specifically his impact in Yao-crazed China, which can be seen in one of the greatest YouTube videos ever posted. PLEASE WATCH IT HERE NOW.).
If this video doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, then you must worship at the feet of John Starks or something. To me, it is a video that will transcend time, and I will probably be showing it to my grand kids in between their daily teleportation to and fro Beijing for school someday. It speaks first and foremost to Reggie’s greatness, a greatness that has no borders. This video was made exactly four months ago, six years after Reggie’s retirement, by a bunch of Chinese fans, who more than likely have never seen Reggie in person or come in contact with any Pacer players, in general. But, because Reggie stands out from all other players in terms of the quantity and quality of his clutch shots, they have honored him by re-creating the greatest moments of his career in a video shot in the Rucker Park of Shanghai. Who knows how long it took some little Chinese kid (adorning a classic Reggie jersey) to edit this video with real radio broadcasts late into the night…
It is a testament to our favorite player of all time, and it is a testament to his global impact. I’m sure there are hoop fans in all seven continents who rock classic Reggie jerseys and talk about that day they saw him hit that game winner against the Bulls or send that game into overtime against the Nets. This video also reminds us of what we have to look forward to on this countdown.
Jordan may be know worldwide for his rings, but Reggie is known worldwide for his game winners and clutch shots. Let us use moment #22 to honor his greatness not just in Indiana or the U.S. but across the globe.
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