Feb. 19, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) is guarded by Phoenix Suns forward Grant Hill (33) at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports.

Grant Hill says Kobe Bryant was the hardest player to guard


Grant Hill retired after last season, and he ended up being a guy that left a lot of potential on the table. When people were mad at Derrick Rose for sitting out last season, I always brought up Hill. He rushed back after injuries, and he was never the same. Coming into the league, Hill was supposed to be a guy who would end up in the all time ranks. He has settled in working for Turner Sports, and he now hosts “Inside Stuff” on NBATV. In an interview with Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report, Hill expands on who he thought was the toughest player to guard:

“Now that I’m retired, I can probably say now that I don’t have to see him anymore is Kobe (Bryant). I felt like I played him well, and I felt like I made him work. But I’d go out there and he’d still hit some crazy shots on me. I would’ve liked to go against him when I was younger, and I had some moments when I was in Detroit. Even in recent years, he was tough.

Bryant and Hill had some good battles back and forth in his late years in Phoenix. Hill was used as a “3 and D” guy late, and it was great to see two of the games greatest duke it out. Kobe can hurt you in so many ways, and his will is unmatched in the NBA. Hill will make a great broadcaster, and I’m glad he’s around the game.

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