Basketball great, and probable Hall-of-Famer, Grant Hill has announced his retirement from the NBA. It was inevitable, but it still puts a lump in my throat. Hill was on pace to become one of the greatest players in NBA history until career threatening ankle injuries robbed him of his promising future so many years ago. Hill has been a part of the NBA since 1994 and most recently played for the Los Angeles Clippers.
After 19 seasons, Hill is ready to let go, but I am going to miss him deeply. It may come as a surprise to those who missed his younger days, but at the peak of his career with the Detroit Pistons Hill averaged nearly 26 points per game. He was an incredible post player and was close to unstoppable at the rim. Hill’s fortune changed when he hurt his ankle in the 2000 NBA playoffs. This injury would follow him the rest of his career, starting with his subsequent trade to the Orlando Magic the following season. Hill only played 4 games that year.
I have often said in conversation with my good friends that Grant Hill, Penny Hardaway, Tracy McGrady, and Yao Ming top my list of players that would have been among the greatest if not for injury. Now only one remains in the NBA (Tracy McGrady – San Antonio Spurs).
To revive his former self from the annals of history, please enjoy this footage of his 46 point career high, and savor the memory.
Good bye, Grant Hill.