At the beginning of TNT's coverage of the Pacers Game Six victory over the Heat, Grant Hill announced his retirement ending a successful 19-year career that saw him transform from unmitigated superstar to injury-riddled to resurrected role player. Grant Hill was the kind of person who dominated with class, worked his butt off to make good on the promise of his talent and his contract and make a difference in his community.
Grant Hill's legacy in the NBA will be one of tragedy. A supremely gifted player who suffered an unfortunate injury and was never quite the same. Despite his efforts to come back time and time again, his body would not cooperate. And then he found a rebirth as a role player, finally receiving a clean bill of health and being able to play the entire season.
It is unfortunate that the Magic were the team where Hill struggled so much time and time again. In Orlando, that creates a mixed legacy for the superstar.
Hill arrived in Orlando averaging 21.6 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game and 6.3 assists per game. Those are strong numbers that cannot be ignored and put him among Hall of Famers.
However, Hill also arrived in Orlando on crutches. The reason is perhaps emblematic of what would become his greatest weakness. Hill had played the previous Playoff series against the Heat with what turned out to be a severely broken ankle. At the time, Hill knew of the injury but also knew his team needed him on the floor.
And so he gave it his all, and very likely ruined his career to do so.no comments