There aren’t very many better people around the NBA than Grant Hill. Hill retired this past week after 19 seasons and at age 40 could be looking for a new job already. I think that one of his former teams would be a perfect fit if they want to make him one of their assistant coaches. I could see new Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek trying to lure Hill to the sidelines to assist him next season.
Hill was expected to be one of the greatest players in NBA history when he entered the league nearly two decades ago. It didn’t work out because of injuries, but the basketball knowledge is there to help out the current crop of players in Phoenix. There is no doubt in my mind that a player like Jared Dudley or Michael Beasley could greatly improve if they had Hill there every day teaching them the game. I know that they are both solid players already, but they could go to the next level with the teaching of Hill.
It is a long shot for this to happen, but it is something that Phoenix needs to think about. Hornacek will be in his first head coaching position and getting all the help he can get would be smart. Hill just left the game and knows everyone’s tricks and maneuvers; that sounds like an invaluable wealth of knowledge to me. We will have to wait and see if Hill decides he wants to take a year or two off from the game before ever coming back, but I could easily see a move straight to the sidelines for a player who was in the game for nearly 20 years.