At the age of 40 and after 19 years in the NBA, Grant Hill has decided to hang up the sneakers for good.
Hill made the his official retirement announcement on TNT just before the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers tipped off game six of the Eastern Conference Finals.
“I’m glad to say I’m done,” Hill said on the broadcast. “I’m officially retired, moving on from playing. I had a great run. I’m announcing it now. … I’ve been hinting at it the last few years. 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 proved to be a phenom as a young player in the late 1990s, with many calling him a future hall-of-famer. However, Hill only played in 47 games between 2000-2004, as he was hit with several significant ankle injuries, undergoing surgery several times.
Many thought Hill’s career was over, but he was able to come back, contributing to the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers as a valuable role player in the later years of his career.
“The entire Clippers organization wants to congratulate Grant on an incredible career,” Clippers vice president of basketball operations Gary Sacks said, according to ESPN.com. “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.”
Hill ends his lengthy career with solid numbers. He averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals in the 1,026 games he played in the NBA.