Saturday evening, NBA veteran Grant Hill joined the TNT crew for game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals and announced that he will be retiring from basketball. At first, the crew joked around, but ultimately congratulated Hill on a fantastic career.
Early in his career, Hill was an amazing talent, with potential to be considered one of the best players of all time. In his last season with the Pistons, Hill averaged 25.8 points, but an ankle injury caused him major problems and derailed his career. It got to the point at which doctors told him that he should retire, but Hill went on to play for another 10 years.
This season, he was once again limited due to injuries and played in just 29 games for the Los Angeles Clippers. Despite not being to help his team on a consistent basis, he was always very highly regarded among the team’s players and in the organization. According to ESPN, Gary Sacks, vice president of basketball operations for the Clippers, said:
“The entire Clippers organization wants to congratulate Grant on an incredible career,”
“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.”
While Hill was constantly bothered by injuries, he retires as an 18-year veteran at the age of 40. He was a seven-time All-Star, made one All-NBA First Team and was a two-time NCAA champion. Hill’s career averages are 16.7 points, 6 rebounds and 4.1 assists.