Many NBA legends reckoned it's hard to find a new lease on life after officially retiring. Well, not for Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller, who has devoted himself to bike racing since calling it a career in 2005.
Not a pro but a true racer
Miller has been biking since 2000, but he started taking his bike game to the next level by participating in competitions after his playing years in the league. In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, "Uncle Reg" said he's "too old to be a pro," but the goal is to dominate "the best" racers in his age group.
"I'll never be pro, I'm too old to be pro, but I want to be the next level down in my age group," Miller explained. "I want to see how far I can take this. And the only way to do that is to go against the best in the 55 to 59 [age group]."
A great way to stay in shape
Aside from having new motivation, Miller's post-basketball passion is also doing his health a huge favor. Through biking, the NBA Hall of Famer stays fit and healthy without hitting the gym and touching a basketball.
According to Miller, he had always been "hovering around 195, 190" pounds during his 18-year NBA career. After five straight years of intense biking, "Uncle Reg" trimmed "down to 185" pounds and would sometimes hit as low as "180," which is already three pounds lighter than the minimum ideal weight for his age, according to Fitness Volt's Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) calculator.
Nevertheless, Miller feels "like I'm in the best shape I've ever been in now."
It's more than just racing
Being a five-time NBA All-Star and one of the greatest shooters of all time, Miller also utilizes his legacy to raise awareness for the sport. In February last year, Miller joined the USA Cycling Board Of Directors to further take part in enlightening kids, adults, and all kinds of people about the benefits of biking in life.
"When we say inclusivity and diversity, we want everyone. It's just not African-Americans. All creeds, everyone. I just want everyone to have the opportunity when they ride a bike to feel what I feel," Miller pointed out.
Where Miller could go with his passion for bike racing is yet to be determined. One thing for sure at the moment is that he's enjoying living an active post-NBA lifestyle.