October 23, 2005

Over the Hill: Is this even a story anymore? Another MRI on Grant Hill's knee? Really, Dr., something's messed up in there? Huh, go figure.

posted by jpageua to basketball at 09:45 PM - 14 comments

Must be related to ken griffey jr.

posted by justgary at 11:36 PM on October 23, 2005

i am pretty sure griffey is comeback player of the year grant will be back

posted by dbcgazzou05 at 12:20 AM on October 24, 2005

i am pretty sure griffey is comeback player of the year grant will be back I'm pretty sure he had surgery AGAIN this season. When you get hurt every year, every year is a potential comeback player of the year award.

posted by justgary at 01:17 AM on October 24, 2005

well, for the record, Hill's depilitating injuries were on his ankle

posted by markovitch at 01:27 AM on October 24, 2005

grant played 4 injury free seasons in college right? i know, there are alot less games in college. However, grant is always hurt by the 3rd game of the season in the NBA anyway. He has to be the main reason more guys are skipping school and coming right into the league. i think grant has gotten more checks from insurance companys than he has from the league.

posted by RZA at 01:57 AM on October 24, 2005

Wow- Does he still have a shot at the HOF?

posted by redsoxrgay at 04:43 AM on October 24, 2005

This injury could prove to be minor, and it has nothing to do with the ankle problems that have plagued his career. Hill played a full season last year, which people might not realize because the Magic are terrible.

posted by rcade at 07:06 AM on October 24, 2005

Well, not a whole season, they shut him down most back to backs, and limited his forth quarter minutes as well. I misspoke about the knee/ankle thing, but it is one and the same. Anyone who has injured one knows that the other one is not far behind. When you favor a body part, another one takes the brunt. As for the hall of fame, I don;t think they vote on potential, or a list of guys would make it in. He has some good years with some good numbers, and he is a hell of a player, but three failed comebacks have probably taken him out, shourt of him making some Horry like last minute shots in some very big games.

posted by jpageua at 08:02 AM on October 24, 2005

hated duke. disliked the pistons, and don't like the magic. i feel bad for grant. he is a good player with great talent that could have been. thanks for trying grant. you epitomise the saying "for the love of the game".

posted by rjs76 at 08:13 AM on October 24, 2005

As much as I hate Duke, I dont like to pick on someone who has had so many injuries. But his career has never been anything but hype. If he hadnt played for Duke, we wouldnt be talking about him now- he'd be one of the hundreds of good athletes who came out of college and never did much in the NBA, either because of injuries or becuse he just wasnt that good. Yeah, he had a few years scoring 20 a game, but so did Glenn Robinson and a lot of other people. And Hill's was always the softest 20 in the league, dont ever recall him making a big play. Hall of fame? I hope that was a joke.

posted by drjimmy11 at 05:09 PM on October 24, 2005

Have to disagree with you there DrJimmy. The 20 points a night Hill was putting up was much different than the 20 points many Glenn Robinson types have scored over the years. Grant wasn't just a guy who threw up a bunch of shots to get his numbers, he was also a great distributor. The reason we talk about him is he was on the verge of becoming a true superstar when his injury problems began. Remember that off season when T-Mac was the other guy Orlando signed to play alongside Grant Hill. That, and Hill is a class act and a very likeable guy. I also can't stand Duke, but him playing there is not the reason we talk about him. Without the injuries he is a perennial 22-6-6 player that you can build a team around. Last I checked there aren't too many of those guys out there.

posted by bigrobbieb at 05:33 PM on October 24, 2005

Gotta agree with you there, b4. Grant Hill was hailed as the next Scottie Pippen early in his carrer, minus the defense nobody plays anymore. He could pass, shoot, and take it to the hole strong. Anybody remember the playoffs against the Heat a few years back when Hill first hurt his ankle? He was flirting with 30 points a game through the playoffs, and was the reason the Pistons took that series 7 games.

posted by il trooper at 08:22 PM on October 24, 2005

Robbie's recollection of Hill's early career is mine as well. Barring injuries, I think he would have made the Magic a playoff perennial. I thought he was a great signing.

posted by rcade at 05:29 AM on October 25, 2005

The Ken Griffey, Jr. of basketball. Had all the tools, a great personality, a superstar in waiting, just can't stay healthy. It's a shame, Griff and Grant are the template for how big-time athletes should be expected to act.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:43 AM on October 25, 2005

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