Grant Hill’s name has been in the news pertaining retirement rumors at the end of this season. With Hill nearing his AARP age he knows that his basketball days are coming to an end. Grant Hill’s career was a great one, but it will also be filled with many question marks. We all know that Hill’s ankle issues in Orlando robbed him of possibly being a top 50 player of all time. Prior to signing with Orlando, Hill was a triple double machine, and was looked at as one of the game’s most dynamic players.
After the ankle injuries Hill adapted his game and became an efficient player all the way up to he was 39 years of age. At age 40 Grant Hill the injuries are continuing to pile up, and the Championship window is basically closed. Hill is currently playing for the Los Angeles Clippers, and has not played a huge role this far. Hill’s impact is probably seen in the locker room and off the court, but Grant Hill the basketball player is closing a chapter to his basketball book.
Hill will always be recognized as one of the good guys in professional sports. I also think that people forget how good of player he actually was. With Hill’s accomplishments at Duke combining with his accomplishments in the NBA, and in the Olympics I feel that Hill will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Hill may not be first ballot, but he will get in at some point.
Many people forget that the Basketball Hall of Fame counts all genres of basketball whether it is college, international, or professional. Hill may have failed to turn out to be the “next” basketball great, but we as basketball fans can’t forget to pay homage to a great person who had a great career. If this is Grant Hill’s last ride it was pleasure to see him play throughout his basketball career. I still think about the potential of the Orlando Magic team if he and Tracy McGrady could have both played together healthy.