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08:07 AM ET 04.29 | Grant Hill was poised to make an indelible impact on the NBA before injuries stole a good portion of his prime -- injuries he says were mishandled first in Detroit and again in Orlando. Hill's pursuit of victories led him to team up with Tracy McGrady in Orlando. Hill had surgery on his ankle in May. He visited Orlando in July while still needing the help of crutches. He signed a contract in August. By Labor Day, the Magic had him participating in pickup games. ... On Halloween, the Magic opened the season with an 11-point victory over the Wizards. Hill was in the starting lineup. "The next day the doctor who performed (my) surgery picks the paper up and saw that I played like 30 minutes and he was irate," Hill said. "I wasn't supposed to be on the court doing basketball-related activity until December."

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April 29, 2011  08:15 AM ET

Well... at least he has a beautiful wife and kids outside of this.

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April 29, 2011  08:34 AM ET

Nobody outside of Grant Hill can appreciate what this man went through. He was one of the best athletes in the league and a future Hall-of-famer before injuries robbed him of four years of his life. He got past them and is still playing ball.

He's entitled to blow off some smoke.

April 29, 2011  08:37 AM ET
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Nobody outside of Grant Hill can appreciate what this man went through. He was one of the best athletes in the league and a future Hall-of-famer before injuries robbed him of four years of his life. He got past them and is still playing ball.He's entitled to blow off some smoke.

Indeed.

April 29, 2011  08:47 AM ET

Truly a terrible waste of the ONLY player ever worthy of being called an NBA player from Duke.

The rest of them should be in the D-league. :)

I have to give it to Duke players, they know how to rob an NBA team of money, because they never earn it.

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April 29, 2011  08:58 AM ET
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Well... at least he has a beautiful wife and kids outside of this.

And he made a TON OF MONEY in Orlando bing injured. He forgot to mention that. He was a huge bust for them and he pissed off alot of fans at that time including me. (I was living in Orlando at that time).

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April 29, 2011  09:16 AM ET

there should be an award in NBA same as NHL - "comeback player" something... grant will have a roomful of those for sure... they say karl malone is the iron man of NBA... i think grant is next to mailman

April 29, 2011  09:23 AM ET
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And he made a TON OF MONEY in Orlando bing injured. He forgot to mention that. He was a huge bust for them and he pissed off alot of fans at that time including me. (I was living in Orlando at that time).

He has a point weather you want to admit it or not. Guys like him and Penny Hardaway ruin there careers trying to come back to soon. The team doctors gives them the ok to play when they shoudln't

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April 29, 2011  09:42 AM ET

Crying all the way to the bank, Bro?

April 29, 2011  10:11 AM ET
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He has a point weather you want to admit it or not. Guys like him and Penny Hardaway ruin there careers trying to come back to soon. The team doctors gives them the ok to play when they shoudln't

This is a shortened version of what Jason Whitlock wrote. I was wondering why this became a topic of interest all of a sudden. But yeah, coming back too soon is a problem. I guess these teams feel that a player is their investment, and they will use and abuse that investment in THEIR best interest; not the player's. Man... that kinda sounds like my job and the employees... LOL.

April 29, 2011  10:12 AM ET
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I have no compassion for him after he ran away to Phoenix to win a ring. 7 years of taking max money in Orlando and no loyalty in return.

I sincerely apologize for LBJ re-opening those wounds for ya.

April 29, 2011  10:53 AM ET

So did he and his doctors not discuss his recovery time table? It is pretty common for that conversation to go occur both before and after surgery. So my question is how did he not know he wasn't supposed to be playing.

April 29, 2011  11:09 AM ET

Does this change anything?

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April 29, 2011  12:13 PM ET
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He has a point weather you want to admit it or not. Guys like him and Penny Hardaway ruin there careers trying to come back to soon. The team doctors gives them the ok to play when they shoudln't

I know... but Hill was under serious pressure to play. Believe dude had a 100+ mil contract at that them was not really playing much. The fan were very mad at him and the team then.

 
April 29, 2011  12:14 PM ET
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Yes, it shows that he is bitter and lack some class. He needs to let it go. He is part to blame and those teams paid him big bucks to stay home...

bingo.. he got seriously paid when he was not playing.

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