Jennie Runevitch/Eyewitness News
Indianapolis - One of the most popular Indiana Pacers was back in Conseco Fieldhouse Friday night. Reggie Miller returned to Indianapolis for the premiere of a movie about the Pacers' 1994 playoff run.
More than 7,000 fans came to catch a glimpse of Pacers glory, as Conseco Fieldhouse rolled out the red carpet to welcome back a legend.
"We came to see the man," said Pacers fan Gene Deal. "I remember the good ol' clutch days. Whenever we need a bucket, he was always there."
"I'm very anxious to see Reggie. He's my favorite," said fan Barbara Evans.
"He was awesome," added fan April Castator.
Miller, came back to town for a movie premiere showcasing some of his most memorable moments. Current and former Pacers players and announcers, along with other NBA stars, also walked the red carpet before attending the premiere. ESPN's newest "30 for 30" documentary, "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks," focuses on the intense rivalry between the two teams in the 1990s - the trash talk, the talent, and the electric atmosphere at every game.
"We were thrust upon the biggest stage, going against the New York Knicks and the number one media market," Miller said. "So for us to go up against what Cheryl calls the 'big dogs' and us being the 'little dogs' and taking on city hall and winning, winning time was what it was all about."
"Reggie should be very proud of this and so should Indiana," said Reggie's sister, basketball analyst Cheryl Miller.
"This guy made more clutch shots than most anybody in NBA history," said former NBA star Charles Barkley. "He's a future Hall of Famer. He's a great friend of mine and this is pretty cool."
For fans, the premiere was a chance to relive history.
"Nobody ever sat down. We were standing the whole game and I miss those days. I'm waiting for those days to come again," Castator said.
Fans, like Reggie, say the movie provides inspiration too.
"Well hopefully it will thrust a little life back into my Pacers," Miller said. "Maybe it will show how the glory days used to be."
But at least on this night, the glory days were back. "Winning Time", directed by Dan Klores, will premiere on ESPN March 14th.
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