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Old 06-01-2013, 10:37 PM   #1
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I am sad to see him retire even though the writing was on the wall. I always liked him as a player and hated that injuries prevented him from reaching his full potential. Still, 19 years is nothing to sneeze at and more than many NBA players can wish for. Grant Hill was a great ambassador for the sport and a winner. He has so much basketball knowledge and experience at the highest levels of basketball competition (awesome college career, all-star player, Olympic gold) that I hope he continues to be involved with basketball. If not at the NBA level, I would like to see him as an assistant coach and eventual head coach in college. He has played against the greatest players of the last two decades and in many different systems so I am sure he is an encyleopeadia of basketball knowledge; he has to be in a postion to pass this knowledge to the future players.

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Grant Hill announced his retirement Saturday after a 19-year career in NBA.

Hill made the announcement on TNT before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers.

"I'm glad to say I'm done," Hill said. "I'm officially retired, moving on from playing. I had a great run. I'm announcing it now. ... I've been hinting at it the last few years. You get to a point where you just don't want to do it anymore but I've enjoyed it. I've loved it."





Hill, 40, signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Clippers last year but had alluded several times at the end of this season that he would retire over the summer.

Hill only played in 29 games this season for the Clippers while battling various injuries, his fewest since 2006, and only saw action in the Clippers' last playoff game, a 118-105 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 of the first round.
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I wish there were more athletes like him.
Such a respected guy and he'll be a Hall of Famer

If he didn't have bad ankles he'd be one of the best small forwards of all time.
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I wish there were more athletes like him.
Such a respected guy and he'll be a Hall of Famer

If he didn't have bad ankles he'd be one of the best small forwards of all time.

Rep points sent man. I guess I will be waiting to see SLAM cover's dedication to him.
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pretty sure I have several different draft and rookie cards for him
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Rep points sent man. I guess I will be waiting to see SLAM cover's dedication to him.
I'll return the favor when I'm able to haha.


I had a Grant Hill pistons jersey when I was a little kid, and it was the ridiculously ugly teal and gold one.

He was Lebron James before Lebron James.
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Remember this commercial? It was cool that they got Bill Clinton to act in it also. Yeah that is Larry Bird but my point is that he looked a lot like Billy there.




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He was "the pass" that led to "the shot." Classy as classy gets. Great example of a guy that could play fiercely, but not be disrespectful or full of himself while doing so.
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Remember this commercial? It was cool that they got Bill Clinton to act in it also.]
Fun fact. Grant's mom was Hillary Clinton's college roommate
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One of my favorite players of all time. Just a great athlete.
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Grant reminds me of Herschel in that they were so great in college their pro career makes you say what might have been and their numbers which are very good to great get down played some what
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Default Re: Grant Hill Retires After 19 Seasons

[quote=GH;3791129]Remember this commercial? It was cool that they got Bill Clinton to act in it also. Yeah that is Larry Bird but my point is that he looked a lot like Billy there.




I'm confused. Bill Clinton?
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Great athlete and great person, much respect for him. But I feel like the guy has been retired for the past 12 years...(i know he's been injury ridden)
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Mr. Triple Double back in the day.
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check out those awesome old Piston unis!!!!!!!

first, crazy that he played 19 seasons, idk what the Phoenix training staff does but its amazing

second crazy thing to me is that his co-rookie of the year from 94-95(?), is still playing as well, J.Kidd, not very well and should be dont but tech he still there....unless he just retired too
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Remember this commercial? It was cool that they got Bill Clinton to act in it also. Yeah that is Larry Bird but my point is that he looked a lot like Billy there.




I'm confused. Bill Clinton?
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Default Re: Grant Hill Retires After 19 Seasons

He was the consummate professional. Really wish he hadn't signed with Fila as a rookie, they had no experience in the hoops world. Bill Simmons addressed this in his Book of Basketball and I remember hearing one time an exec at Nike said something to the effect of "he wouldn't have had those ankle issues if he had signed with us." Hill was a great player but got robbed by his ankles. He will be great on TV though, look forward to the bidding war for him between TNT and ESPN.
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He was the consummate professional. Really wish he hadn't signed with Fila as a rookie, they had no experience in the hoops world. Bill Simmons addressed this in his Book of Basketball and I remember hearing one time an exec at Nike said something to the effect of "he wouldn't have had those ankle issues if he had signed with us." Hill was a great player but got robbed by his ankles. He will be great on TV though, look forward to the bidding war for him between TNT and ESPN.
Kind of off topic, but the same thing is being said today regarding Adidas and ACL/Injuries.

I believe it's been "debunked" but it's weird to see all those guys go down with knee injuries (Wall, Rose, Shumpert, Gallinari, Barbosa, Rubio)
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impossible to know if its what led to the chronic injuries, but i wish he hadnt played on that badly injured ankle late during that last season in detroit.
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I know it's difficult to say exactly what caused it, but you have to give it to Nike, no other company does its due diligence with bringing each athlete they sign to bring them to the campus and really scientifically create shoes for the specific player. Hell that goes all the way back to Steve Prefontaine.
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