UCLA Legend Reggie Miller To Have His Number Retired


Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA great Reggie Miller will have his number (#31) retired on Wednesday night, right before the Bruins’ tilt with USC.

Here’s some more info via UCLABruins.com:

"On Sept. 7, 2012, Miller was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame following a memorable collegiate and professional career. On Wednesday, he is set to become the ninth UCLA men’s basketball player to have his UCLA jersey number (#31) retired.Miller joins Gail Goodrich (#25), Ed O’Bannon (#31), Bill Walton (#32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33), Sidney Wicks (#35), Walt Hazzard (#42), Jamaal Wilkes (#52) and Marques Johnson (#54) as the only UCLA men’s basketball players in history to have their Bruin jersey numbers retired."

Reggie Miller’s teams didn’t achieve the same kind of success that the other big-name legends have, with the brightest moment for Miller being an NIT championship in his junior year. The Bruins made the tournament in his senior year but UCLA failed to advanced past the second round.

Reggie Miller was recently inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and achieved widespread success in the NBA. While known for his clutch performances at UCLA and for averaging 43 percent shooting from the three-point line in the first year of its use in college hoops, he’s also widely figured to be an icon of the 1990s due to his equally-clutch performances as an Indiana Pacer.

Even more recent was the creation of the “Reggie Miller rule,” a rule that the NBA will implement to prevent shooters from kicking their legs to draw fouls, something Miller was notorious for throughout his career.

And perhaps most entertainingly, Miller was the subject of a ESPN 30-for-30 documentary entitled “Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks,” which looks at one of the most heated basketball rivalries of the 1990s.

Reggie is still a strong supporter of UCLA athletics and regularly attends games at Pauley Pavilion.