Most of the players felt the same way. On August 26, a few days after Blake’s shooting, George Hill asked for a breakfast meeting with head coach Mike Budenholzer and the rest of the coaching staff. Hill ordered the same breakfast he always did, with his double serving of bacon and a tangerine juice, and told them that he “didn’t feel comfortable playing” and wasn’t going to. “That was the last thing on my mind,” says Hill. “I didn’t want to do it.” It wasn’t just Blake who sparked his decision to sit out: It was Kyle Rittenhouse, a white 17-year-old who crossed state lines into Wisconsin and shot three protesters, leaving two dead and one seriously injured. “We let that kid go all the way back home,” Hill tells me. “They didn’t slam him on the ground. They didn’t put him in handcuffs. They didn’t do anything. They let him go all the way back to Illinois and arrested him the next day. If it was the other way around, would that have happened? I don’t think so.”
January 22, 2021 | 5:21 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: The Atlanta Hawks have decided to guarantee veteran forward Solomon Hill’s $2.1M salary for the season, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Hill was on a non-guaranteed deal, but has played in all 14 games, averaged five points and 34.5 percent 3-point shooting.