Kobe Bryant and Grant Hill: What Is, and What Could Have Been

May 21st, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Watching Grant Hill's performance in the third quarter of the Suns' Game Two loss to the Lakers was similar to traveling back in time, revisiting a player who once had the potential to be legendary.

Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant delivered a pretty good third quarter, himself, in Game One.

But, Bryant's performance is expected.

Hill will never attain that type of legendary status due to a career devastated by injuries.

While attending Duke University, Hill was generally considered one of the most talented, athletic, and intelligent players in the entire nation. His long, successful NBA career was a given.

Hill won back-to-back national championships at Duke in 1991 and 1992. And, although he played alongside teammate Christian Laettner, largely viewed as college basketball's top player at the time, Hill was perceived to be the better pro prospect.

Hill didn't disappoint.

He shared NBA Rookie of the Year honors with Jason Kidd in 1995, and was the first rookie in NBA history to lead all players in All-Star fan voting.

One could argue that Hill was LeBron James first. He averaged 20 point ...

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