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.
Alright, we’re only at #19 in our countdown, but damn! We’re getting to some great moments already! For today’s post I get to discuss “The Bow.” The only reason this is only #19 is because the Pacers ended up losing the game.
Let’s get two things out there right off the bat: 1) I hate the Chicago Bulls. 2) I hate their fans. In my book, those fans are on a level parallel to Ohio State fans. They are arrogant and they take complete satisfaction in other fans’ misery. For this reason, any time someone has the chance to disrespect such fans on a national stage is a cherished moment in time. People ask why Purdue fans rushed the field after beating unranked Ohio State in football this season. There’s no way it would have happened against any other team. I guess what I’m saying is disrespecting arrogant fans is fun.
That brings us to 1992 in a regular-season matchup between the Pacers and the Bulls (without the retired Michael Jordan). The stage is the United Center. A very young Reggie Miller is playing shooting guard for the visitors. Teams are tied at 93 with about a 1-second difference between the shot clock and game clock. Bulls fans are on their feet as the Pacers run the clock down as low as possible. Watch the rest for yourself. Remember that the Pacers end up losing, but that’s not the point of this post.
The point of this post is The Bow. Reggie drained that shot in Steve Kerr’s eye, walked to mid-court, bowed to each side of the arena, and then grabbed his junk in front of thousands of Bulls fans before his teammates got there to pull him to the bench. How much more disrespectful can you be? While Reggie grabbed his junk on the court, there’s no doubt that thousands of Pacers fans did the same gesture in front of their television sets. If I had a list of moments in sports history which I would want to experience the most, draining a clutch jumper and grabbing my junk in front of thousands of Bulls fans would be extremely high on that list, probably right behind this. Why? Because disrespecting arrogant fans is fun.
What a moment. What a legend. And we’re only at #19. Stay tuned, folks.
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