Today Homage celebrates the 46th birthday of former Indiana Pacers center Rik Smits. The second overall selection in the 1988 draft, “The Dunkin’ Dutchman” finished his 12-year NBA career with 14.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Celebrating his 48th birthday today is former Indiana Pacers forward Reggie Miller. The 11th overall pick in the 1987 draft, the UCLA alum averaged 18.2 points per game and made 2,560 three-pointers in his 18-year NBA career and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this September.
On March 19th 1995, Michael Jordan returned to the Chicago Bulls after a 17-month retirement. The previous day, Jordan’s two-word press release announced his imminent return: “I’m back.” Wearing #45, Jordan scored 19 points as the Bulls lost to the Indiana Pacers, 103-96. The game had the highest Nielsen rating of any regular-season NBA game since 1975.
Celebrating his 39th birthday today is former University of Michigan and NBA point guard and current ESPN commentator Jalen Rose. After being selected 13th overall by the Denver Nuggets in 1994, Rose played for six NBA teams, including an Indiana Pacers team that made three consecutive Eastern Conference finals appearances.
More NBA birthdays—today marks the 46th of former Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller. In 2005, the UCLA grad retired, having nailed over 2,500 three-pointers and scored over 25,000 points in his 18-year NBA career (including an astounding eight points in nine seconds against the Knicks in the ’95 playoffs).