Grant Hill joined the NBA on TNT pregame show before Game 6 of the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat on Saturday where he announced his retirement.
“Glad to be here umm and glad to say that I’M DONE! I’m officially retired, moving on from playing had a great run.” Hill had hinted about retiring earlier in the season but did not make his decision until early last week.
“The last four or five years I would take about a month (after the season to decide to continue) and within a month, if I still wanted to do it, I would. Putting it simply, after a month, I just realized I didn’t want to play anymore,” Hill told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. “There’s a lot of reasons for that, but you know when you know. It just felt right. I’m excited and looking forward to moving on and doing other things.
“I worked hard. I put a lot into it, and I enjoyed every minute of it. But now is the time to move on. I feel great physically. It’s important to go out feeling good, particularly considering all the setbacks I had health-wise throughout my career.”
Hill is a seven time all-star, 1995 Rookie of the year, and won a gold medal with the USA basketball team in 1996. He is 40 years old making him the oldest player in the league. He finished his career with 17,137 points and 4,252 assists making him 81st in all-time scoring and 79th in all-time assists. Grant Hill is said to be one of the most versatile players to ever play in the NBA with his 6’8 220lb frame he was able to play the guard and forward position. He first suffered ankle injuries during his final season with the Detroit Pistons (1999-2000) and it turned into a chronic problem that would follow him for the rest of his career.
“I’m just glad I was able to keep working,” Hill said of his injuries. “When doctors told me I was done, I was able to get another 10 years. I’m very grateful for that.” Grant Hill has great knowledge of the game at all levels former Duke University stand-out and having 19 years of exprience in the NBA. I wonder what is next for Mr. Hill? Sports Analyst, NBA coaching….. maybe even coaching at the collegiate level. I guess we will have to wait and see. Take a look at the following photographs that highlight Grant Hill’s amazing career.