A Family Affair

July 11, 2007

By Brad G. Faye, Suns.com

While there were a number of photographers on hand Wednesday for the signing of free agent Grant Hill, one appeared to stand out slightly more than the rest. Five-year-old Myla Grace – the daughter of Hill and his wife Tamia – proudly took pictures of her father on the day of the big signing as Hill spoke with several members of the Phoenix media.

Also on hand for the press conference was Janet Hill, who played the role of supportive mother and babysitting grandmother both

“I’m excited to be here substituting for my daughter-in-law to help keep an eye on (Myla),” Janet said. “(Tamia) is due to give birth in a couple of weeks, and it’s definitely an exciting time and kind of a new beginning for this family. Grant has had a wonderful career so far but has some more career left in him.”

Janet knows a thing or two about professional sports careers, having been the long-time wife of former NFL star Calvin Hill. Calvin enjoyed a successful pro career after being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and participated in four Pro Bowls throughout his career as well as two Super Bowls.

Now the son of Janet and Calvin is hoping to play in some championship games of his own in the NBA Finals. Playing in Phoenix with the Suns, the Hills believe Grant may have his best shot yet.

“I think he feels this is his best opportunity to win and he’s married well so his wife agreed to it,” Janet said. “It’s a wonderful organization here in Phoenix and Grant certainly knew that coming in.”

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