Harold Miner Speaker Profile
Harold Miner Biography
Harold Miner was born May 5, 1971 in Inglewood, Californiaand is a retired American professional basketball player and two-time championof the National Basketball Association (NBA) Slam Dunk Contest. He attendedcollege at the University of Southern California (USC) and was a star player onthat school's men's basketball team. He left school in 1992 to pursue hisprofessional career, and played in the NBA for the Miami Heat and ClevelandCavaliers.
Miner left college after the 1992 season and declared himself eligible for the1992 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Miami Heat with the draft's 12th overallpick.
Miner won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest twice, in 1993 and 1995.In the 1995 contest, Miner defeated Isaiah Rider, who had won the previousyear, solidifying Miner as one of the game's best dunkers. However, his playingcareer proved unremarkable and failed to live up to the high expectations withwhich it began. Despite his dunking prowess, Miner did not get much playingtime from Heat coaches, Kevin Loughery and Alvin Gentry.
After the 1995 season, Miner was traded to the ClevelandCavaliers. He averaged only 3.2 points and 7.2 minutes per game for theCavaliers. On October 18, 1995 he was traded to the Toronto Raptors for VictorAlexander, but that trade was rescinded 4 days later when Alexander failed hisphysical. Miner played five scoreless minutes in his last NBA game, a 26-pointloss to the Chicago Bulls on February 20, 1996. Cleveland waived Miner, havingplayed him in only 19 games that season. He tried out for the Toronto Raptorsthe following year but was cut during the preseason. Rather than continue topursue a career in professional basketball, either in the NBA or overseas,Miner retired from the sport. He later said that his decision was prompted bythe many knee injuries he suffered during his career.
As of 2011, Miner had settled in Las Vegas, Nevada, and wasmarried with two children. He said that he had invested wisely the money he hadearned in salary and endorsements during his playing career, allowing him toremain a stay-at-home father, rather than needing to seek employment. Over mostof the time since his retirement from basketball, he had been disinclined togive interviews or make public appearances, instead remaining private andlargely inaccessible. In 2010, however, he agreed to an interview in which heindicated a desire begin reconnecting with the University of SouthernCalifornia and with some of his acquaintances from playing days.
In 2011, Miner appeared at the Pacific-10 Men's BasketballTournament, to be inducted into that conference's basketball Hall of Honor, andindicated he planned to attend the retirement of his jersey by USC later thatyear. Miner tied his previous seclusion largely to his disappointment with hisprofessional career. Explaining his public reemergence, he said, I guessI feel like I'm over it now. I've kind of purged my system and come to a pointof accepting what happened with my career: that I wasn't able to live up to myown personal expectations.
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