Sneaker History: Reggie Miller Lights Up the Garden

Reggie Miller gives Spike Lee the choke sign.

With the support of #sneakerholics from around the world, we are lucky to have so many great sneakers on the wiki. Revisiting the memories of some of these sneakers has become an important part of our sneaker history series, where we revisit some of the moments that made these kicks so important. However, today is an important day for a sneaker that is not yet on the wiki, so we need your help!

Today marks the 18th anniversary of one of the most famous scenes in NBA history, Reggie Miller’s now infamous choke sign directed toward sneaker enthusiast and New York Knicks fan, Spike Lee. On June 1st, 1994, Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers headed to New York City to take on the New York Knicks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Knicks got off to a good start and had the lead early in the 4th quarter of the game. Then, Reggie Miller got hot and it quickly became “Miller time.”

Nike Air Prevail image courtesy of Nice Kicks

Nike Air Prevail image courtesy of Nice Kicks

Wearing the Nike Air Prevail, Reggie Miller hit five 3-pointers in the 4th quarter, an NBA record. After each basket, Miller and Spike Lee, who was in his usual court side seats, taunted each other continually including Reggie’s infamous choke sign. The two are notorious trash talkers and remain friends off the court but Reggie Miller would get the best of this day’s battle, as he scored 25 points in the 4th quarter on his way to a game-high 39 points.

Now we just need to get the Nike Air Prevail that Reggie Miller wore onto the wiki. Can you help us out with an upload?

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