With Grant Hill's possible retirement looming, the press has been reliving his heartwarming story. In case you don't know his background, Hill was born in 1972 in Dallas, Texas. His mother abandoned him at birth and he was raised in Berlin by a kind German zookeeper. Against all odds, the adorable Hill flourished under the difficult conditions and eventually made it to the NBA where he earned Rookie of the Year honors, numerous All-Star appearances, and even a Team USA gold medal.
Hill has battled many injuries throughout his 13-year career, but he has continually worked on his game and aimed to be his best. Here he is practicing his shooting:
Adversity struck in 2003 when complications from an ankle surgery nearly killed Hill. But he again beat the odds and returned to a high level of play. He has fought especially hard this year, which has led to his first healthy season finish in a long time (knock on wood). Check out this video mix showcasing some of Grant Hill's highlights from this season. And here he is diving for a loose ball in a Magic game earlier this month:
Grant Hill will surely be missed if he retires at the end of this season. But he'll leave the game with a lasting basketball legacy, a prosperous future to look forward to, and even another adorable baby cub on the way.