Grant Hill

Grant Hill

The Woj Pod - August 23, 2018

Grant Hill joins The Woj Pod on the cusp of his enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, opening up about his journey to Springfield – his years as part of the Duke dynasty, his early All-NBA seasons with the Pistons, the darkness and isolation of his recurring ankle injuries with Orlando, his relationships with Steve Nash, Coach K and his parents, his role as Vice Chairman of the Atlanta Hawks and why he’s still considering a future run for political office. 0:36: Hill being unsure if he would get into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. 2:38: Never considering leaving Duke early for the NBA. 6:00: Hill leading the NBA in All-Star voting as a rookie. 8:11: Sharing the Rookie of the Year Award with Jason Kidd. 10:48: How Hill’s parents prepared him for a career in sports. 13:16: Double majoring in history and political science. 15:12: Focusing on fitting in during his early years at Duke before taking on a leadership role as an upperclassman. 18:39: What separates Coach K from other coaches? 20:41: Maintaining confidence before Christian Laettner’s iconic shot vs. Kentucky. 22:33: The difficulty of replicating the Duke camaraderie in the NBA. 24:05: Being uncomfortable with Michael Jordan comparisons early in his career after modeling his game on Magic Johnson. 28:21: The ankle injury that cost him years of his prime in Orlando. 30:55: Battling a staph infection after ankle surgery in 2003. 33:51: What convinced him to continue his career after years of setbacks? 35:44: The sense of isolation that came with missing so much time with injuries. 39:47: His time in Phoenix feeling like a second career, and playing all 82 games in his late 30s. 43:22: Playing with Steve Nash at the height of his powers. 45:19: Did Hill play longer to make up for lost time? 47:00: Finding fulfillment in his post-playing life and still considering a political career. 54:44: Hill’s role as Vice Chairman of the Hawks.

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