Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  15 responses

Grant Hill Says Steve Nash Being a Laker is Like Going from Duke to Carolina

Steve Nash’s friend and former teammate in Phoenix, Grant Hill, is among those who still can’t quite believe that Nash is going to be wearing Laker purple and gold. Hill compares the surprising switcheroo to a Duke player electing to join the hated North Carolina Tar Heels. Per the AZ Republic, via KGME-AM (910): “Hill on he and Nash winding up in Los Angeles: ‘I don’t think anybody thought that either one of us would be out here in L.A.’ [...] Hill on if his exit from Phoenix is bittersweet: ‘It was tough because not only did we get to the Western Conference finals but I think if you talk to anybody who was on that team, that was really just a special team, a special group of guys, a kind of bond that we had. We had talent obviously but there was a real sense of connection and togetherness on the court. And then quickly it changed.’ Hill on playing at 38 and 39 for non-playoff teams: ‘Obviously these last two years were very difficult. Because at this point, with any point, particularly at this point I know in my career, you want to be able to feel like you have a chance. We went out and competed and gave our all and had some good, hard fights and had some wins maybe the last two years that we weren’t supposed to have. But I think if you’re being objective, if we did our best, we would’ve been an eighth seed. So that’s tough. That’s a bitter pill to swallow, particularly after coming off the high we had back two years ago. It would’ve been nice to keep that core together. I understand why that didn’t happen.’ [...] Hill on Nash going to the Lakers: ‘That’s like transferring from Duke and going to Carolina.’”

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  • black pinoy

    no!!! if nash joined the spurs then that would have been a duke-n.c move.

  • Key_34

    When it comes to franchises, ain’t nothing Duke about the Suns

  • shockexchange

    (Drake voice) “Grant Hill … Stay steeeaallllin’”


    Wasn’t Grant considering going to the Lakers too? Or did the Lakers just want him?

  • pposse

    keep it real grant!

  • spit hot fiyah

    still probably going to kick it since they live in the same city

  • LeroyShonuff

    More like from Wake Forest to UNC…

  • http://twitter.com/KingofKushSmoke PimpMaster of yo Hoe

    If nash joined the Celtics it would be like leaving Duke for Carolina. Leaving the suns is like leaving n.c. state

  • ron

    I respect Grant’s will for upholding his principles. But who could blame for any player’s wish to win the ring by joining a champion contender?

  • servant of the most high

    Well put G Hill!!! it’s an UPGRADE!!!!!! HEELS

  • Dre_a_veli

    Leaving the suns and going to the Lakers is like leaving the Big East in the football and going to the SEC

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • Jerome

    Grant Hill leaving the Suns to play for the Clippers is like somthing else that is completely irrelevant.

  • robb


  • rande3p

    Jerome killed it lol … but I like G.Hill as a player still, solid bench guy