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Happy for Grant Hill


I wasn't happy that he played well against the Blazers but I was definitley happy for him to be finally playing pain free.

I remember when I was a neophyte NBA fan just getting use to names like Shaq or Duncan and a superstar named Grant Hill. He was playing in that series against the Heat and I vividly remember him trying to play with a broken ankle.

So he tried to play then had offseason surgery to fix it then there was that incredible FA year and Orlando seemingly won the jackpot not only landing Grant Hill (who was regarded as a Kobe-level star at the time) but rising talent Tracy McGrady as well. So the Magic were the hottest team then, curiosity abundant about how the new look team would play.

Unfortunatley there was still something wrong with Grant Hill's ankle and after some games he decided to shut it down and have surgery. Tracy McGrady flourished but Magic fans were left wondering "what if." So then came the next season and it still wasn't fixed and I believe he had to have another surgery and it really never got better and after a certain point the Magic fans tuned out, a little "fool me once, fool me twice".

Grant Hill finally was able to play but by that time T-Mac was gone and Hill wasn't the superstar the Magic originally signed. So he went to Phoenix and nobody expected him to do much. Perhaps last 50 games before getting hurt again.

But thanks to Hill's perseverence (and the Phoenix trainers) he thrived. I think that is a very inspirational story.

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