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Cheryl Miller, an Olympic Gold Medalist, reflects on how she paved the way for young players despite never playing in the WNBA.


Basketball stars are admired not just for their performance on the court, but also for their actions off the court. Fans look up to them and often try to imitate their behavior. As a result, players are usually in the spotlight with media coverage. A WNBA icon, Cheryl Miller, captured fans’ attention with her insightful thoughts and stories about her career.

For those unfamiliar, Miller played as a small forward for the University of Southern California and was awarded the Naismith player of the year for three consecutive years, setting a record. Now, let’s see her statement.

What was Miller’s statement?

The Knucklehead podcast recently featured a guest who hails from California. During her appearance, she provided insight into her life. Miller was very candid and discussed various topics such as her views and experiences that have influenced her, from sibling competition in her early years to her famous Championship cartwheel. Despite her accomplishments, she remained humble when discussing her impact and the significant mark she has made.

I am not concerned with being part of discussions about who is considered the greatest or anything else. The only thing I would appreciate being said about me is that I have paid it forward. If you recognize that I have done so, and say “Hey, Cheryl, I remember”, that would mean a lot to me.

I believe that the younger athletes are performing well, but I am specifically addressing women as a whole. I do not mind if they become upset with me, but if we want women’s basketball to be respected, we need to support each other. It is important for the younger players to recognize that there were those who came before them,” stated Miller.

Miller received numerous accolades throughout her career, including the Naismith award and a spot in the Hall of Fame in 1999. She guided USC to victory in the 1983 and 1984 championship games, earning her the NCAA MVP title both years. In honor of her contributions, the Trojans retired her jersey number, 31. Even after retiring from playing, Miller remained a champion as a coach for USC and as a broadcaster.

Regrettably, Miller’s playing days came to an end due to severe knee injuries which hindered her ability to continue participating in the sport. Despite being a standout player, Miller was never able to join the WNBA, which was established in 1997.

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One intriguing moment that grabbed the attention of fans was when Miller shared some details about her connection with USA head coach Pat Summitt.

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Fans have fond memories of Miller’s ’84 cartwheel in front of Summitt when Summitt was coaching Tennessee and Miller was playing for USC in the Finals game between the two teams. Summitt was reportedly upset by Miller’s actions, which were done in jest as part of a bet, and it caused tension in their relationship. However, Miller’s skills also contributed to the USA women’s basketball team winning the highly sought-after gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

On an unspecified date in 1984, in Los Angeles, California, USA, there is a photo of Cheryl Miller playing on the court during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. This photo is for editorial use only and can be published in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. The copyright belongs to USA TODAY Sports.

What are your thoughts on the future of the WNBA? Do you believe that female basketball players will reach the same level of recognition as NBA icons LeBron James and Michael Jordan? Additionally, do you consider Miller to be one of the greatest athletes to play on the court? We would love to hear your opinions in the comments!

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Cheryl Miller, an Olympic Gold Medalist, reflects on her impact on young players and paving the way for them, despite never playing in the WNBA. This was shared on EssentiallySports.