Grant Hill’s resume is solid.
The list could go on and on, and if it hadn’t been for serious ankle injuries and a near-fatal infection, the list would have been long.
Yet the Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer did not remove his # 33 NBA jersey by any of the four teams he played for.
“I was at that last Hall of Fame induction and texted Chris Webber. We were talking about how when you sign up it validates almost everything about your career and everything that doesn’t. ‘is not produced, “Hill told Yahoo Sports of removing his jersey.” It’s almost like that doesn’t mean much anymore. It’s almost like they’re in that rarefied air now. But in saying that, yes of course, it would mean a lot.
“If that doesn’t happen it still means a lot and it doesn’t change how I feel, the years I’ve had, the experiences and relationships over the years.”
Hill’s 18-season professional career was cut short in 2003-04 when his 2000 ankle injury persisted and he was forced to undergo surgery which led to a MRSA infection which nearly had him. kill. Injuries continued to plague him in the second half of his career, and he finally retired in 2013.
“I am at peace with what has happened, the ups and downs. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t change it. I didn’t necessarily get to where I thought I could go. I’m proud of this moment in my career, but I’m also proud of what I’ve been through and how I was able to come out on the other side, ”Hill told Yahoo Sports.