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07:05 AM ET 07.26 | George Hill made a decision to stick by his word, and he knows it may wind up biting him. While he was honored to receive an invitation out to Las Vegas to participate in USA Basketball National Team's minicamp, a time for individuals to make an impression on USA Basketball officials, he couldn't bear the thought of letting kids down in Texas. Hill, the Pacers starting point guard last season, pulled out before the four-day minicamp opened so that he could remain in Texas and his camp could go on, as promised. ... Hill proudly stands behind his decision, and although he hasn't spoken with anyone from USA Basketball directly, he admits that it'll surely affect his status with the program moving forward. "I'm sure it'll affect it," he said.

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July 26, 2013  07:18 AM ET

An NBA player with morals!
Wow George Hill is my new favourite NBA player.

July 26, 2013  07:55 AM ET

Reputation and money is where it is...


Im sure the guy is making some money from the camp and why hurt business by leaving and not wanting kids to come back next year.

July 26, 2013  07:57 AM ET
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Reputation and money is where it is...Im sure the guy is making some money from the camp and why hurt business by leaving and not wanting kids to come back next year.

Smart business man.

July 26, 2013  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Reputation and money is where it is...

Im sure the guy is making some money from the camp and why hurt business by leaving and not wanting kids to come back next year.

Maybe, but I like Onion's assessment a little bit more. I recon I prefer the fairy tale-ish thought of an NBA player doing nice as opposed to just seeking money and headlines...

But money does have a loud voice...

July 26, 2013  08:29 AM ET

He's a man for keeping his word to Texas kids. I can't say the same about Lebron and his word to Cleveland Cavaliers fans...

July 26, 2013  08:34 AM ET
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An NBA player with morals!Wow George Hill is my new favourite NBA player.

I've seen this before w/ the same excuse and it came back to bite him. Josh Howard was invited but he turned it down because he had a kid's camp that he had to put first over the USA team.

July 26, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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I've seen this before w/ the same excuse and it came back to bite him. Josh Howard was invited but he turned it down because he had a kid's camp that he had to put first over the USA team.

you say that like its a bad thing
do it for the children

July 26, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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you say that like its a bad thingdo it for the children

Nah! I hope it's not a coincidence. Josh was a good guy especially to the kids but his stock started going down after he turned down team USA. He got smoking weed and saying bad things about the American anthem. I hope Hill don't follow suit.

July 26, 2013  09:00 AM ET

What You Do In Life Echos In Eternity, Bro.

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July 26, 2013  10:35 AM ET

The more I hear about this guy, the more I like him.

July 26, 2013  10:55 AM ET
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He's a man for keeping his word to Texas kids. I can't say the same about Lebron and his word to Cleveland Cavaliers fans...

I'm sure everyone else immediately thought of LeBron when they read this article. Don't worry, jilted lovers actually do survive. Some day LeBron's not coming to New York won't hurt anymore.

July 26, 2013  11:09 AM ET
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He's a man for keeping his word to Texas kids. I can't say the same about Lebron and his word to Cleveland Cavaliers fans...

Lebron is doing his part to help you out by not participating in the next Olympics.

July 26, 2013  01:23 PM ET

Nice gesture but Hill was not making Team U.S.A. so he really had nothing to loose.

July 26, 2013  02:19 PM ET

well maybe next time team USA won't wait to ask to ask him to try out for the team. he was not on the list when he scheduled the camp. because another guy backed out he is supposed to drop everything and come running? he made a commitment to for a youth basketball where a bunch of kids were looking forward to seeing and working with him. he made the right choice. if they are going to hold this against in the future him then he is to good to play for them anyway.

July 26, 2013  03:42 PM ET

Gulp! A NBA with a since of values??? Are you sure this isn't s misprint?????

July 26, 2013  04:03 PM ET

Much RESPECT to George Hill. Finally someone who understands that their word means something to other people, especially little kids. And if the USA powers that be can't understand that I say to hell with them. They are always stress the fact that it's about the fans, so why not back your words up with action they way George Hill did. Good for him!

 
July 26, 2013  09:25 PM ET

You can't just up and leave your own camp

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