Cheryl Miller is one of the greatest female players in history. The big sister of ex-NBA great Reggie Miller, she was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995. Cheryl Miller coached at her alma mater, Southern Cal, and in the WNBA. She now is a sideline reporter for TNT's NBA broadcasts and is filing reports from the Thunder-Mavericks series.
You seem to have a good relationship with a lot of the players and coaches.
Miller: “They're my little brothers. (Kendrick) Perkins, I've known since his Boston days. Everybody else, they're like my little brothers. Scotty (Brooks) and I go back to his playing days. He was a hard worker. I watched him and Reggie go head to head a lot of the time. It's a blessing. Being old and being around is paying off.
You've been a player, a coach and now a broadcaster. Do you like the TV work?
Miller: “I love it. The coaching, huh-uh. The coaching will kill you. This is like a walk in the park. It's even better when you have two accommodating (teams). I've had a terrific ride.”
Do you like this time of year?
Miller: “This is the best time of year, from All-Star Weekend on. The intensity, the concentration of the players. It doesn't come down to gameplans, it doesn't come down to strategy. It comes down to who's going to make adjustments and who's going to stay focused. The regular season is where guys make their money. This is when guys make their name.”
What are your thoughts on Oklahoma City and Thunder?
Miller: “This is my first time being here. It's phenomenal, what they've been able to do. They're a bunch of gym rats. I don't know how many young teams get it at this point. But they get it. Most young teams, being down 23 (points, Saturday night) would have folded. But they still had a chance to win. And it's a great city. The fan base is terrific. Like a college atmosphere.”