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Reggie Miller on talking to New York Knicks fans: "They love to come up and do the choke sign. They think it’s so cool"

Miller divulged that no matter how many years have passed, some Knicks fans still haven’t gotten over it.
Reggie Miller doing the choke sign

Reggie Miller

Rivalries are part of the game, making the NBA even more exciting to watch over the years. But usually, rivals leave the competition and, if applicable, the animosity, along with their careers, when they retire. However, most fans won't do the same, and according to Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller, especially the New York Knicks faithful.

The Knick Killer

Back in the 90s, the East was no place for the weak. Teams were stacked with bruisers and players who were always down to fight tooth and nail every night. Topping the list of those squads were the Knicks.

New York was feared as guys like Patrick Ewing, Anthony Mason, and John Starks were intense and physical from tipoff to the final buzzer. On the other hand, the Pacers posed a threat to the Knicks as they also had the muscle in Antonio and Dale Davis. However, Miller and his scoring prowess were the greatest weapons in the Pacers' arsenal.

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The Knicks and the Pacers faced each other in the playoffs six times from 1993-2000. In the process, Miller earned the moniker "The Knick Killer," and the rivalry did not end with the Knicks players as the fans, led by Spike Lee, also hated Uncle Reg during those years.

In an interview with Andscape in 2016, Miller divulged that no matter how many years have passed, some New York fans still haven't gotten over it.

"I get a lot of, 'I'm from New York …' That's how they start it," Miller said of fan interactions with Knicks fans. "So I know what's coming next. 'I'm from New York. I hated you, but I respect you so much.' I get that probably the most. Second most, 'Where's Spike?' Third, they love to come up and do the choke sign [referring to his iconic choke taunt on the Knicks in the 1995 playoffs]. They think it's so cool."

Miller was good at it

Indeed, Miller was extremely good at taunting the Knicks back then. And his infamous head-butt incident with Starks in 1993 says it all.

"That needed to happen," Starks said on headbutting Miller. "No matter what, it needed to happen…I remember, he kept hitting me with 'bows. He hit me with a 'bow, and I told the referee, and the referee said, 'Starks, shut up and play.' I was like, 'OK, I can handle this.' I scored on him and ran up the court, and I was so mad; I wanted to take my fist and put it through his face. We just got close, and just, BAM just tapped him like that, and he knows, he dramatic, Hollywood."

All told, whether die-hard Knicks fans like it or not, Miller will always be part of their beloved team's history.

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