Grant Hill has played almost his entire NBA career with injuries. The veteran forward has battled through foot injuries, ankle injuries, and knee injuries. Now, it seems he may miss significant time due to another knee injury. It's not a good sign for Hill as he starts his first season with his new team, the Los Angeles Clippers.
According to Daniel Woike of the Orange County Register, Hill had an MRI on his right knee, and it revealed a bone bruise. He will not play in the Clippers' opener on October 31st and it could be a couple weeks before he returns to the court. Woike says Hill was expected to compete for a starting role with the Clippers, but now the injury keeps coach Vinny Del Negro from finalizing his roster for the opener which is a week away.
Hill is entering his 18th NBA season. His veteran leadership may be more of a key to any success the Clippers have than his actual on-the-floor talents. Of course, Hill would not still be in the league if he did not have some skills left. He was surprisingly good with the Phoenix Suns over the last five seasons. This injury should not take that away from him. The team will be cautious with his return.
Hill is a seven-time All-Star. In his career, he has averaged 17.1 points per game. When he was drafted by the Pistons in 1994, he quickly became one of the best players in the league. In fact, he had a lot of the same praise thrown his way as LeBron James does. Hill was the whole package, but then the foot issues started up. He has still had a fantastic career, but it was hindered by injuries.
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