Age Not Slowing Grant ‘Benjamin Button’ Hill

by October 05, 2010

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.”