Grant Hill throws the spinning ball towards Christian Laettner with a 75-feet inbound pass with just 2.1 seconds remaining. As Laettner catches the ball he pulls up in the free-throw line and Duke won the ball game.
Life has been all ups for Grant since his playing days in high school. Being part of McDonald’s All-American team awarded as ACC’s defensive player of the year in 1993 and got the ACC player of the year the following year. The Detroit Pistons never had doubts in drafting him third overall. He was heralded as Michael Jordan’s second coming after Air Mike expresses his intentions in retiring.
Hill has to carry bigger expectations throughout his rookie year and eventually voted as co rookie of the year together with Jason Kidd. He made it to the all-NBA first team and got the no.1 spot in the NBA all-star balloting. He is called Mr. triple-double until he injured his ankle and all went downhill after that. Prior to his injury Hill after six seasons had a total of 9,393 points, 3,417 rebounds and 2,720 assist.
Grant demanded the Pistons to trade him after his ankle injury and the Pistons trade him to Orlando Magic for Chucky Atkins and Ben Wallace. For 3 years he had to be sidelined with his recurring ankle injury and many advised him to retire. Grant wouldn’t have any problem with money since he would still have a hefty check with his remaining contract with the Magic. But he worked hard to get back and pay respect to the team who believed in him despite being injured most of his years in Orlando.
Hill went through a lot of therapies and saw his return in 2004 where he played a total of 67 games for the Magic. The fans saw Hill’s resiliency and was voted as a starter in the NBA all-star game.
Now Grant Hill still wears the no.33 and proud to be a Phoenix Suns after the Orlando Magic released him in 2007… Sometimes we fail to remember that all the struggles we encounter in life are ways of becoming a better person it is how a rough and raw stone turned into a diamond. The limelight and expectations has slowly died down… There would be nights that Hill would score a triple double and there also nights he struggles. The Grant Hill we knew before in any other way very different from the person we knew now. He is now a better person and a true gem inside and out. We never saw Hill play on his prime but with all the adversities he has gone through we are happy to see him still playing.
Grant Hill stared again at the spinning ball after practice. He reminisce all his accomplishments in the past and smiled… Life is like a spinning ball sometimes we’re up and sometimes we’re down and no matter how bitter and how hard life takes you always remember life is still spinning and sooner or later everything is going to be fine like what no.33 always ponder.
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