Brian Hill Rumors
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 Orlando Magic announced Friday their telecast schedule for all games in the 2013/14 season, with 81 regular-season games and one preseason game appearing on Fox Sports Florida. In addition, the team announced that it has added former Magic coach Brian Hill to its rotation of in-studio analysts. Hill, Nick Anderson, and Tony Battie will rotate in that capacity throughout the season, joining studio host Paul Kennedy.
Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank probably won’t be back for any of the four-game western trip that begins tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers, assistant coach Brian Hill said. Hill is acting as head coach in Frank’s absence.