Grant Hill announces retirement from the NBA

Grant Hill announces retirement from the NBA

Postby Basketball Fan on Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:28 pm

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Grant Hill announces his retirement after 19 seasons


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Grant Hill is retiring after playing 19 seasons in the NBA, and he made the announcement personally on national television during TNT’s pregame coverage of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Hill played sparingly for the Clippers in his final season, and the team had a prepared release ready once Hill broke the news.

“The entire Clippers organization wants to congratulate Grant on an incredible career,” Clippers Vice President of Basketball Operations Gary Sacks said. “For 19 years, Grant has always been the embodiment of class, a true professional and not only one of the best players – but one of the finest individuals I have been around. We were fortunate to have Grant with us last season, and we wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”

Hill played five seasons for the Phoenix Suns before joining the Clippers for this last one, where he really didn’t get a chance to make the impact he was hoping to on a team with championship aspirations. Limited by injury, Hill appeared in just 29 games in Los Angeles, and his averages of 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per contest were by far the lowest of his career.

Just the season before, and really in his final three season in Phoenix, Hill had become his team’s best defender, and regularly guarded the opponent’s best player from the one to the four position. He remained an excellent finisher at the rim on the fast break even in his later years, and was always the consummate professional who was never anything less than a class act to deal with 100 percent of the time.

A seven-time All-Star, Hill had a decorated career that was stellar by any account, even despite the injuries he suffered while with the Orlando Magic. Originally selected with the third overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, he was the co-Rookie of the Year in 1995, and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1997 and the All-NBA Second Team in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. He was also a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team which won the gold medal.

Hill finishes his career with averages of 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.2 steals in 33.9 minutes per game. He will have several opportunities available to him in his life after basketball, one of which which may include an invitation to join the front office in Phoenix in some capacity. The team’s president of basketball operations, Lon Babby, was Hill’s longtime agent before joining the Suns organization.
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Re: Grant Hill announces retirement from the NBA

Postby CGrand81 on Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:40 pm

Oh Grant Hill, the whole "what could have been" player, that is how I will remember him. Class act too.
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Re: Grant Hill announces retirement from the NBA

Postby CaCHooKa Man on Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:23 pm

at least he got tamia
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Re: Grant Hill announces retirement from the NBA

Postby Rooscooter on Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:42 pm

At one time the best all around player in the game.... he had it all.... offense, defense, smarts.... 3 major ankle surgeries away from being a sure fire HOF'er....
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Re: Grant Hill announces retirement from the NBA

Postby 432J on Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:26 pm

Rooscooter wrote:At one time the best all around player in the game.... he had it all.... offense, defense, smarts.... 3 major ankle surgeries away from being a sure fire HOF'er....

this

i can recall that in his prime in the mid-late 90's, he was being called the next MJ. and for good reason too. he was just a beast in all aspects of the game. it's a shame how badly injuried ruined his career, i'm sure if he had stayed healthy throughout his whole career, he would have been a top 10 player for sure
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Re: Grant Hill announces retirement from the NBA

Postby hollywood swinger on Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:17 pm

bout time soft Duke punk.
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Re: Grant Hill announces retirement from the NBA

Postby Kasumi on Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:24 am

To be honest, I had no idea he was still in the league. But Hill was a true professional, an old-school player and really classy guy. Best wishes to him.
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Re: Grant Hill announces retirement from the NBA

Postby JGC on Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:26 am

He should have signed with us this past season. Would have fit right in with all the other retirement candidates! (I think he did almost sign with us after Nash came here).
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Re: Grant Hill announces retirement from the NBA

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:49 pm

Ankle ruined what would of been an amazing career. His midrange J was a thing of beauty
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Re: Grant Hill announces retirement from the NBA

Postby Rooscooter on Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:08 pm

hollywood swinger wrote:bout time soft Duke punk.


:man3:

I hope this is a failed attempt at humor.....
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Re: Grant Hill announces retirement from the NBA

Postby XXIV on Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:47 pm

Injuries robbed him of an even greater career but him still being able to play after the doctors told him otherwise is an achievement on its own. I look forward to seeing him as a commentator, hopefully replacing Shaq's god awful personality on TNT overtime. :man10:
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Re: Grant Hill announces retirement from the NBA

Postby JSM on Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:58 pm

He had a very good career, but could have been one of the best if not for the series of injuries he faced.

He would be a great addition to ESPN, but I think he's better suited for a front office job.
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Re: Grant Hill announces retirement from the NBA

Postby purp n gold on Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:33 pm

Yeah he was the real deal back in the mid 90s. Had that nice-guy attitude, but he was super-athletic & relentless attacking the rim. Good defender, rebounder, capable passer & good IQ too. Consistency in his jumpshot was probably his only weakness.
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