After a long 19-year career, NBA star Grant Hill has announced his retirement. The 40-year-old has been an NBA All-Star seven times, and will end his career with averages of 16.7 points, 6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game.
“The entire Clippers organization wants to congratulate Grant on an incredible career,” said Gary Sacks, Los Angeles Clippers VP of basketball operations. “For 19 years, Grant has always been the embodiment of class, a true professional and not only one of the best players - but one of the finest individuals I have been around. We were fortunate to have Grant with us last season, and we wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”
After winning two NCAA Championships with Duke University, Hill was drafted in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. IN 1996 he won a gold medal with the U.S. men's national basketball team ('Dream Team III') in the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. Hill played for the Pistons until 2000, when he signed with the Orlando Magic. Just before the end of his stint as a Piston, Hill injured his left ankle, an injury that would plague him throughout his career.
In 2007, Hill signed with the Phoenix Suns, where he would play until 2012. His final season was played for the Los Angeles Clippers, though he missed much of the season due to a knee injury.
Hill has been married to singer Tamia Hill for over 13 years. The couple have two children, an 11-year-old, and a 5-year-old.
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