LOS ANGELES – Seven-time All-Star Grant Hill retired from the NBA on Saturday after 19 seasons, ending a career interrupted by injuries that included an Olympic gold medal.
The Los Angeles Clippers announced the news, which came as no surprise since Hill had been mulling his future after the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. He had one season left on his contract.
“I’ve been hinting at it for the last few years and you get to a point where you just don’t want to do it anymore. But I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve loved it,” Hill said while appearing on TNT’s pregame show before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Hill appeared in just 29 games last season, his first with the Clippers.
Gary Sacks, the team’s vice president of basketball operations, called Hill “the embodiment of class, a true professional.”
The 40-year-old forward averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals during a career that included stints with the Clippers, Detroit, Orlando and Phoenix.
Hill struggled with injuries, particularly his troublesome left ankle.
After leaving Detroit prior to the 2000-01 season, he spent seven seasons with the Orlando Magic in which he was limited to just 200 games due to injuries to the ankle.
Before joining the Clippers, Hill spent five seasons with Phoenix. In 2010-11, he became the seventh player in NBA history to average 13 or more points at the age of 38 or older.
After a standout four-year career at Duke, Hill was drafted third overall by Detroit in 1994. He and Jason Kidd of Dallas shared Rookie of the Year honors.
At Duke, Hill helped the Blue Devils to consecutive national championships in 1991 and ’92. He won a gold medal on the U.S. basketball team at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
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