Once considered as the next Michael Jordan, former Los Angeles Clippers forward Grant Hill is one of those guys who was never really able to live up to his full potential due to injuries. The 45-year-old recently admitted that it was actually another knee injury — one that he had sustained in the most unexpected of situations — that finally made him realize that his time in the NBA was done.
In an interview with fellow Hall of Fame inductee Jason Kidd, Hill recounted the exact moment that made him come to terms with his impending retirement. The former Rookie of the Year winner relayed how he hurt his knee during the pre-game layup line prior to the Clippers’ Playoffs matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Here is the full interview courtesy of NBA on TNT:
Hill spent his final playing year with the Clippers on a one-year deal with the team. At 40 years of age, he was a shadow of his former self. Hill actually got hurt during the preseason, and this led to him missing the first three months of his farewell season. The 6-foot-8 small forward only played 29 games for the Clippers averaging 3.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 15.1 minutes off the bench.
This was definitely a far cry from the Grant Hill that terrorized the league as a superstar with the Detroit Pistons. After being drafted third overall in the 1994 Draft by Detroit, the former Duke standout spent six successful years with the Pistons. He was voted to the All-Star team five times during his six-year stint in the Motor City where he averaged 21.6 points on 47.6% shooting, 7.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.6 steals in an astounding 39.1 minutes of action night in and night out.