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NBA Titans Retire
Two former Titans in the NBA, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd announced separately after 19 years in the game, they are calling it quits. Both set to retire as class acts.
Hill, 40, was a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1994 and also had stints with Orlando and Phoenix before the Clippers signed him as a free agent last July. His debut with the team, however, was delayed until January because of a bone bruise in his right knee.
In a statement issued by the team, Clippers vice president of basketball operations Gary Sacks said, “The entire Clippers organization wants to congratulate Grant on an incredible career. For 19 years, Grant has always been the embodiment of class, a true professional and not only one of the best players — but one of the finest individuals I have been around. We were fortunate to have Grant with us last season, and we wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”
Hill probably will be best remembered for helping Duke win consecutive national titles in 1991 and 1992.
Former All-Star point guard Jason Kidd, 40, completed his career ranked second overall in assists (12,091) and steals (2,684) to Hall of Famer John Stockton and averaged 12.6 points and 8.7 assists per game. He earned All-Star honors 10 times while playing for Dallas, Phoenix, New Jersey and New York. He won an NBA title with Dallas and played on two gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic basketball teams.
“My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” Kidd said in a statement.