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Box & One With Cheryl Miller
SEATTLE — Recently I got a chance to talk with Cheryl Miller while she was going over her notes just before the game and she was more than accommodating.
Briefly, Cheryl has been a sideline reporter for TNT for the past 13 years and has done some other commentating for ESPN, TBS and ABC.
As a collegian, Cheryl played for USC winning two national titles and scored 3,018 points and was named the Naismith College Player of the Year three times.
To top that off she won a gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics, the 1983 Pan American Games and 1986 Goodwill Games.
“I have been truly fortunate throughout my career and treasure so many wonderful experiences and have met a tremendous amount of people along the way”, said Miller.
“A few of my most memorable is winning our first National Championship at USC, as a young student that was a good as it gets.
The following year I won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics right in my own backyard”.
“I still get chills when I think about the feeling I had hearing the Star Spangled Banner being played and watching the Flag going up, wow!
I think that it’s safe to say that Cheryl Miller along with Nancy Libereman and Anne Meyers were pioneers in elevating women’s basketball in the United States that made it possible for the WNBA to be successful.
“It is exciting to say and great knowing that I played a small part of it”, Miller added.
“Before many of the young women athletes didn’t have a choice about playing here or traveling abroad, which just wasn’t an option when I was coming up”
Sure, she wishes that she could’ve played in the WNBA but doesn’t feel that she missed out on anything.
“I have no regrets about what I’ve accomplished and wouldn’t do anything different”, said Miller.
She may be referring to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts or the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The way I see it getting into either of these clubs is a good thing.
Cheryl has put her communication degree from USC to great use and has provided us with some great sound bites from the sidelines during the NBA season.
“I really appreciate the respect and admiration that the players have given me during my career with TNT”, said Miller.
“They do understand that I am a ball player as well which allows me to communicate effectively with them.” Cheryl says that she officially retired when her brother, Indiana Pacers Reggie Miller, retired but I don’t believe her one bit.
I challenged her to a game of horse during shoot around then quickly back peddle to worm my way out of it.
Long story short, when she comes back to town I’d better have a dozen chocolate chip cookies for her.