Grant Hill Retires after 19 Seasons in the NBA
One of the league's great ambassadors has decided to retire.
Grant Hill is hanging up the sneakers after 18 seasons in the NBA.
One can look at Hill's career in 3 chapters... The first 6 seasons, the Orlando years and the post-Orlando years.
Hill's first 6 seasons in the NBA were marred with records, awards and comparisons to the greats of the game. But after a serious ankle injury that never seemed to completely heal, Hill found himself always answering the question, "What if?".
The Post-Orlando years for Hill gave him a opportunity to at least experience more winning and certainly allow him to continue to play at a high level even though he might not be the same athletic mold we were used to.
Never winning a NBA Title, Hill got the closest in the 2009-2010 season with the Phoenix Suns as they reached the Western Conference Finals, but even without a championship, Hill certainly will go down as a leader on and off the court.
A very generous athlete, Hill has given so much to local charities along the way and continues to be a great ambassador for what is right within sports.
I will look back and find myself remembering Grant Hill for what he did at Duke, the amazing first 6 seasons in the NBA, and more importantly, I will look at Grant Hill in a different light, for not becoming bitter about the injuries and continuing on as a leader in the NBA for 18 seasons.
A Career Well Done!