One day after winding down his 16th NBA season (not to mention accepting his second-career Dan Majerle Hustle Award) in Wednesday’s season-finale win over the Spurs, Grant Hill was a welcome topic of discussion at the respective postseason press conferences of Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry and Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Suns assistant coach Dan Majerle presented the 2010-11 Majerle Hustle Award to Suns forward Grant Hill tonight (April 13) during a pregame presentation prior to the Suns-Spurs game at US Airways Center. Hill becomes the first two-time recipient of the award, having also received the honor in 2008.
He makes it impossible for the Phoenix Suns to move on.
Grant HIll gets in his defensive stance, and doesn't go for any of Kobe Bryant's head fakes, and contests just about every shot -- all 31 of them -- that Bryant shoots in 48 minutes of regulation, and three overtimes, last Tuesday.
Steve Nash and Grant Hill have reason to smile as they continue playing at a high level for the Suns. (NBAE Photos)
When Grant Hill and Steve Nash each re-signed with the Suns in the summer of 2009, some were surprised to see the pair of veterans stay with a team that experts didn’t even project to make the playoffs.
It might be too early to tell if the Phoenix Suns' recent revival is merely a mirage, but Grant Hill's appears to be anything but.
Hill looks to continue his scoring surge while helping the visiting Suns win a season-high fifth straight overall and ninth in a row over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
Hill was among several Suns that struggled after the trade that brought in Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus and Marcin Gortat last month, with the team dropping seven of the first nine with its new lineup.
Grant returned to the court after a very short recovery from a knee sprain during a Suns vs. Trail Blazers game to accomplish not only a personal best but help lead the Suns to victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
In the third quarter of the game, Grant became the 15th player in NBA history to score over 16,000 career points. The achievement also lead the Suns to a 115-111 win over Portland.
It’s been seven years since methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) nearly took Grant Hill’s life. Since then, the Suns forward has dedicated himself to raising awareness to the deadly Staph infection through his involvement in Stop MRSA Now.
As part of the Stop MRSA Now sweepstakes, CLICK HERE for your chance to enter to win a trip to Phoenix for a meet-and-greet with Hill and to watch his Suns in action for a night. The sweepstakes ends October 29, and there’s no purchase necessary to enter.