Hill ready to retire after season


Classless. Clueless.

With Dwight Howard established as the franchise star, former GM Otis Smith finally cut ties with Hill after the 2006-07 season. Hill said he would have stayed and even had talked to Stan Van Gundy, finding him to be "a sharp guy."

The league will miss Hill — as will young players who need his counseling. Hill said he tried to reach out to Howard a few years ago, hoping he could offer some guidance. Grant never heard back.

He has been preparing for life after basketball for years, especially during his time in Orlando when his career was listed as day-to-day.

He still has his mansion in town and will make it his home base. He'll dabble in business ventures, do some broadcasting and root on his wife, R&B singer Tamia. She has been nominated for two Grammy awards.

"It's great," he said. "My wife at times sacrificed her career to be a mom."

He won't be able to join her in L.A. for the awards show Sunday. "Somebody in the family has to work," he laughed.

Grant Hill will be in New York, facing the Knicks, for more basketball while it lasts, the clock on his career ticking down.