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Grant Hill
Grant Hill
Position: None
Born: 10/05/72
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Hill was even a part of his former teammate Joe Dumars’ game-night celebration, prior to a 111-97 win versus the Vancouver Grizzlies on March 10, 2000. Those moments have always stuck with the now retired, player-turned-analyst. He would love to see his No. 33 someday beaming from above the arena of his former stomping grounds. “That was always something that you would look up there during the national anthem and think ‘Man, one day I would love to be up there,'” Hill said. “Obviously, things change and what not by leaving and so on. But I’ll put my six years up there up against anybody else’s six years. “So if it’s meant to be, it happens. But if not, it doesn’t change how I feel about the place not one bit.”
Phil Jackson: “A couple of weeks later, we’re still winning and Shaq is completely motivated. But Kobe was only averaging about 19 points per game. So Kobe called Jerry West and wanted to know how Jerry and Elgin Baylor both averaged 30 points. Kobe also said that he wanted to be traded. Of course, Jerry told me about the conversation. And, for a few minutes I thought about taking the Pistons up on an offer they made to trade Kobe for Grant Hill. Make that a few seconds.
But that’s not to say his first year with the team was all smooth sailing. As can be expected as a former player takes the team executive route, Hill says he’s still adjusting to certain aspects of ownership, particularly his interaction with the players. “I was always sort of led to believe that owners are distractions and that locker room is a sanctuary,” Hill said. “That’s sort of — for 19 years — what I believed. Obviously owners would come around, particularly the managing partner, from time to time, but (the locker room) is (the players’) space. That is their sanctuary. Respecting that but also being in the position to look to add value is something I’m figuring out.”
In an effort to modernize the franchise and help boost fan engagement, the Atlanta Hawks will be hosting a Shark Tank-esque marketing competition — titled “Agency Shootout” — during the heart of the NBA offseason later this month. At the invitation-only event, some of the city’s top marketing agencies will be asked to complete a series of on-the-spot, Hawks-themed business challenges in approximately 10 minutes in front of a panel of judges, including seven-time NBA All-Star and Hawks vice chair Grant Hill.
“It’s a really great idea, our organization just thinking and being creative ourselves, coming up with this whole concept,” Hill told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s really about bringing people together in Atlanta, and I think tapping into our creative community. One of our many creative communities.” Joining Hill on the panel of judges: Hawks minority owner Jesse Itzler, Hawks CEO Steve Koonin, and vice president of marketing for Aaron’s Inc. Andrea Freeman. “These are all marketing experts, and somehow, some way I kind of weaseled my way into (judging),” Hill joked. “But I’m excited to be a part of it.”