I'm in a Grant Hill hating mood for some reason and feel like torturing myself with his infamous 7-year run in Orlando. Here's the dreaded timeline many Magic fans really shouldn't read.
If you still don't want to shoot your faces off, read some fan reaction to G-Hill's exit from the City Beautiful:
Weeks ago, one of my sons asked me what I thought Grant Hill would do regarding the Orlando Magic. I sincerely told him I thought Grant Hill was a man of character and integrity, different than other athletes. I thought he would take the minimum to stay with the Magic and be a leader and almost a player-coach as Stan Van Gundy rebuilt the team.
I didn't believe he would take $93 million of the Magic's money and then run off somewhere else now that he is healthy.
Wow, I could not have been more wrong about a person. Grant Hill turned out to be the same mercenary, selfish athlete that has taken over professional sports over the years. He truly had us fooled as to his character. In 2000, the Magic took a chance on a superstar on crutches and gave away Ben Wallace, arguably the best defensive center over the last seven years. How much different might it have been had we kept Ben Wallace? They took a chance on [Hill], paid him an exorbitant amount of money and got nothing for it.
The Magic had a $93 million cheerleader for the last seven years. He was a wolf in sheep's clothing. And when it came time to pay back the loyalty and favor given to him by the Magic, he turned tail and ran off to another team with a parting comment that it was "time to move on."
Grant, you barely moved at all for seven years, and now it's time to move on? At one time, you might have been held up as a role model. Now, you are a selfish, self-centered mercenary who belongs in the hall of shame. Shame on you, Grant Hill.
Your career will forever be remembered as a "what if." What if the Magic had never signed you, and what if you were a real man of character?
I'd like to wish you well, but I'd be lying. So I will wish you what you deserve. I pray you get everything you deserve in Phoenix just like Penny Hardaway did when he went there. You belong in the same category!
Let me throw in this fan mail, and this final bashing to set the mood for that '07 departure.