Brian Hill Rumors

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Marcin Gortat: I hated Brian Hill so much. Now, Hill is a broadcaster for the Magic, but in 2005 he was the head coach, and I thought he really had it in for me. I played in summer league for the first time in 2005, and afterwards, Coach Hill told me I needed to go back to Europe. I was disappointed. The next summer, I thought for sure I was going to make the roster. I had had a really good year in Germany, and did great in summer league. But again, Coach Hill cut me. I was devastated. I thought I was never going to make the NBA.
Marcin Gortat: Brian and I are totally cool now, by the way. A few years ago, I told him how much I hated him for keeping me off the team. I expected him to be defensive, but he surprised me. He said the player I am now is completely different than the one he sent back to Europe. He was right. I obviously didn’t think so at the time, but now I realize that Coach Hill did me a favor those first two years. He forced me to improve every aspect of my game, to get stronger, to push myself harder than I ever had before. As much as I believed in myself, I still had to wait for the right moment — my moment.
The Detroit Pistons have completed their coaching staff. Brian Hill has agreed to be an assistant for new coach Lawrence Frank, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t made an announcement. The rest of Frank’s staff includes former NBA players Roy Rogers and Dee Brown along with John Loyer. Hill was one of John Kuester’s assistants in Detroit. Hill led the Orlando Magic to the 1995 NBA finals and was the Vancouver Grizzlies’ first coach.