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The End Of An Era

by Joe

Over the weekend it was announced that long time NBA player Grant Hill was retiring. It didn't come as a shock as Hill should have retired years ago due to his many ankle injuries early in his career. Thanks to those injuries though, Hill was able to have an extended career and play 19 seasons with the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Clippers. His rookie season was 1994-1995, the same year that PG Jason Kidd came into the NBA from California University. It's kind of ironic that the two, who were Co-Rookies of the Year, are retiring together as Kidd announced his retirement today. Kidd finally won a ring in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks and went to the NBA Finals three times, the two previous efforts with the New Jersey Nets. He played his career with the Mavericks (1994-1996, 2008-2012), the Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, and finally this past season with the New York Knicks.

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I remember watching Kidd and Hill as a child. I was always told that Grant Hill was going to be the next Michael Jordan. He could do it all at 6'7": pass, rebound, play point guard, and score on his own along with slashing to the basket. Ankle injuries diminished his talent but that turned him into a solid bench player. Kidd was dynamic in his career and he is 2nd in playoff triple-doubles, as well as being 2nd in many regular season categories including assists and steals. 

It's going to be weird to see the NBA next season with no Grant Hill or Jason Kidd. It feels as if my childhood is finally growing up with me as those were the last two players still playing in the NBA from the 1994 draft. When Kevin Garnett retires and the rest of the players from 1995 to 1998 start going, I will know I'm finally an adult and it's not my NBA anymore. 

Just Plain Joe is a lifelong Atlanta Braves, Orlando Magic, Dallas Cowboys, and Michigan State Spartans fan. Follow him on Twitter @MixFMJoeShow and catch him weeknights from 6p-11p on 100.7 MixFM.