NEW PALESTINE — Former Indiana Pacers star and basketball Hall of Famer Reggie Miller made a living cutting, curling and spotting up on the basketball court. Through every small sliver of space, whether it be off a screen or in front of a defender, Miller saw an opportunity for an open jump shot.
Ryan Curry was one of the thousands of young boys in the Hoosier State who grew up in awe of Miller and his shot-making.
Curry and his father, Sean, spent many afternoon-turned-evenings in the family’s driveway, first forming Ryan’s shooting motion. Sean then modified his court role into a passer as Ryan channeled Reggie, running off imaginary picks, catching the ball in rhythm and letting it fly. Sometimes the younger Curry would stay out so late his neighbors would ask the young hoopster to call it a night, lest they lose shut-eye over the sound of Curry’s swishes.
“I liked Reggie Miller. He was fun to watch,” Curry said. “That’s what I was always picturing in the driveway, coming off the screens that he got, pulling up and shooting. He seemed like he made a lot.”
Miller did make his fair share of shots, retiring as the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made in 2005.