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Reggie Miller Talks Southern California Beginnings During Hall Of Fame Speech

Reggie Miller remembered his Southern California roots fondly as he spoke at his Pro Basketball Hall of Fame induction speech on Friday.

It was a special time for the Indiana Pacers' all-time leading scorer and former UCLA Bruin, who was welcomed into the Hall by Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley and his sister, Cheryl Miller.

He was reminiscent of Johnson and other Lakers legends playing pick-up games against him at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion before being drafted by Indiana in the first round with the 11th overall pick. He became tearful when he recounted how large of an influence his sister -- widely considered the greatest female basketball player of all-time -- had on his career and his development into a prolific scorer.

As a little brother, it was Cheryl who consistently beat up on him and made him into a tougher player.

Miller's legacy is now that of a clutch performer who always shined in the big moment. Despite all of the fame and glory, the Riverside, Calif. native who starred at Polytechnic (Poly) High School did not forget where he came from.

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