Lilly King Meets Reggie Miller at Monday’s Indiana Pacers Game [VIDEO]
When you're an Olympic gold medalist, people want to meet you. When you're an Olympic gold medalist who's famous for wagging her finger toward a Russian competitor accused of cheating, people REALLY want to meet you. Including other famous people.
Evansville native, Lilly King became a household name during the Rio Olympics back in August for not only winning two gold medals, but for that now infamous finger wag toward a television monitor showing Russian swimmer, Yulia Efimova's who was allowed to compete despite testing positive for a banned substance earlier in 2016. It wasn't the first time Efimova had been involved in a doping controversy, having served a 16-month suspension from October 2013 through February 2015 for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
The exchange ignited an instant rivalry between the two swimmers, while also being reminiscent of the Cold War Era when tensions between the two countries were high (although one could argue those tensions have returned, but that's another conversation for another time).
The moment is forever captured in time and will always be a part of King's story regardless of where her swimming career takes her. So much so, people are still talking about five months after it happened, including former Indiana Pacer, Reggie Miller, who reached out to King on Twitter and Instagram hoping to meet his "hero" when his job as analyst for NBA basketball on the TNT network took him to Indianapolis Monday night.
The two were able to meet up before tip off the Pacers' game against the New York Knicks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse where both shared their excitement for the opportunity to meet face-to-face, and even jokingly directed a special finger wag toward the Pacers' public relations staff after it was revealed the trip to the game was King's first.
Check out the meeting courtesy of Indianapolis Star reporter, Jim Ayello's Twitter feed below.