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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  32 responses

Age Not Slowing Grant ‘Benjamin Button’ Hill

Hill — who got the funny nickname from Alvin Gentry’s daughter — continues to defy age and expectations, and says he feels as strong as ever heading into the new season. From the AZ Republic: “Hill is near the top on a list of oldest active NBA players, being just a day younger than Chicago’s Kurt Thomas and seven months younger than Boston’s Shaquille O’Neal. But he is not near the end, expecting to play beyond this final season of his second Suns two-year contract. ‘I know I’m 38 chronologically but I don’t feel it,’ Hill said. ‘I don’t buy into the fact that I’m a certain age and supposed to be doing certain things. I feel great. I’m smarter. I learned a lot in the last 12 to 18 months about taking care of myself, helping myself recover, rest and nutrition. Last year was a big step and my body feels good.’ Hill averaged 11.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 30.0 minutes last season. He has played 233 games in three Suns seasons after logging 200 in seven Orlando seasons.”

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  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    Awesome

  • http://ohlaglambam.blogspot.com Zabba

    Keep going with it Grant, and to Hill with it.

  • stokesey

    Im happy for him, sure he missed most of his prime through injury, but now he’s being more productive than most 32 year old vets, let alone 38 year olds!!

  • underdog

    This dude deserves to be healthy and lucky after all of those injuries. I’ve got all the respect for Hill, ’cause he never quit.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    I never thought I’d hear Grant Hill and Benjamin Button in the same sentence. Jinx?

  • Fat Lever

    I feel like he could be a poor man’s version of Horry at this point, but more versatile. Get about 25 mins a game off the bench for a contender, play the starter’s role for a few games when the injury bug hits his team, etc. Class dude, glad to see he still has passion for the game, despite all his injury struggles.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    The best pro from Duke!

  • RIGGS

    Tamia must have some fountain of youth somewhere

  • Clownfish31

    Imagine what kind of career GH could have had if he hadn’t sacrificed his body in his youth. Then again, most productive players start showing signs of age at 33, so I suppose this may have been a mixed blessing for him. He could have stayed irrelevant and fallen off the face of the planet. Instead, he’s hooping it up like the world is going to end tomorrow. Glad to see him aging gracefully.

  • Bryan

    to think he almost died from surgery complications and now he is a 38 yr old starter…this guy doesnt give up

  • ron

    RESPECT !

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Glad he’s still playing, class guy. However, considerig he missed so much playing time in his prime, he doesn’t have near the mileage as a Shaq or Thomas. So it’s not really all that fair to compare age to production drop-offs.

  • http://sdfjklfl.com Jukai

    My boy!!!
    Probably will come off the bench for Turkyglue but he’ll still put in 20-25 minutes a game. Him and Nash are, for all intensive purposes, immortals.

  • Robb

    I respect Grant SO much, he’ll always be one of my favorite players. Pure class, pure determination. I wish him the best.

  • add

    loved grant on the heat

  • add

    loved grant on the heat

  • add

    loved grant on the heat

  • http://dfsjkl.com Jukai

    ^^^^
    Did you love Grant on the Heat?

  • hammer

    Them doctors n phoenix know what they doin. Look @ how good shaq looked while he was there. Is it possible that Hill looks healthier than ever? Sure he doesn’t have the skill or quickness he posessed back then but he can still run n gun,play more than solid d and gots the ups 4 sum nice dunks. I miss the grant hill of old but I also like the old grant hill. Hands down the best dookie ever. He won’t b getting a title tho if he stays n phoenix beyond this season. And its a shame cuz he does deserve 1. All class. And much props 4 displaying humility 4 an ex-superstar. So many stars and superstars could learn from hill and how 2 humble themselves

  • http://twitter.com/dyalektraps d.Y.

    Tamia IS the fountain of youth.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    He’ll probably last a few more years, too, barring serious injury. Go Grant.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    And you know Shaq is never retiring.

  • CONEY ISLANDER

    OFCOURSE HE’S GONNA BE FRESH! HE’S PLAYED LIKE A GAME A YEAR FOR THE LAST DECADE! LOL

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Grant’s a good guy. Hard not to root for him. Hope he has another solid year this season.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Hes wasting these good years on phx

  • Michael

    This dude must take Advocare supplements.

  • http://thetroyblog.com TEddy-the-Bear

    Good for you, Grant!
    *Knock on Wood* I’m pulling for this guy, he’s been nothing but classy his days in the NBA.

  • Sparty’s Law

    I hope he finds a way to get on to a championship roster before he retires. Hill really deserves a ring before he hangs ‘em up. He’s been a superstar, suffered horrible injuries, learned from the injuries and became a great leader and role player – all with class and dignity.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    Grant Hill needs to have another DVD. He was soooo good in the 90′s. The Lebron/Pippen of the late 90′s.

  • 80y4n

    Bravo Grant, dont quit

  • Mollywood

    much respect for grant hill.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    He’s 38 yeah, but all those seasons on the injury list actually preserved his body really well. That and the Suns’ doctors sold their souls to the devil for healing powers.

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