What Freshly Retired Grant Hill Should Do Next

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistJune 1, 2013

May 3, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers small forward Grant Hill (33) brings the ball up court in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum.  Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 118-105.  Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
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Grant Hill announced his retirement from the NBA on June 1, which means that everyone from garbage men to heads of state now have a competitor for their jobs. Hill played 19 years in the league, but his vast skill set and sterling personality make him capable of filling almost any role in hist post-basketball career.

Unlike his jumper, Hill's life after basketball is going to have some range.

But before running down the list of what he could do, it's worth a brief detour to chronicle what Hill has already done. In short, he was one of the single greatest young players in NBA history. Just look at the numbers he compiled in his first few seasons and you'll see how historically excellent he was at the beginning of his career.

Only rotten injury luck (a busted ankle, a few scary infections and subsequent surgeries cost Hill a few years of his prime and reduced his athleticism) prevented him from finishing his career as one of the league's all-time great players.

Enough of the past, though; let's look forward.


Move Over, Shaq

Hill clearly knows how to capture an audience. I mean, the guy coolly announced the end of a 19-year career on live television.

He's also well-spoken, comfortable on television and has a wealth of basketball insight. All of those qualities make Hill a perfect fit for a TV career. Whether working on a studio show or sliding into the booth as a color analyst, there's no doubt that he'd excel in entertainment.

The only problem is that Hill isn't the sort of bombastic, "talk first, think later" personality that has become the norm on television. I'm sure a few reps alongside Shaquille O'Neal and/or Jalen Rose would clear that up right away, though.


Grab the Clipboard

Hill was always a highly intelligent player who rarely made mistakes. Toss in the fact that he's played under guys like Mike Krzyzewski, Doug Collins, Doc Rivers and Mike D'Antoni and you can bet that he has a broad spectrum of basketball perspectives from which to draw.

Hill is an even-tempered guy who definitely wouldn't get too high or too low depending on his team's performance, too.

Most importantly, though, everyone loves him. A great deal of NBA coaching has to do with relating to players, and based on the love Hill received in the immediate aftermath of his announcement, it seems like everyone in the NBA would run through a wall for him.

That list of players even extends to guys who have never suited up with Hill.

Even executives love him.

Plus, he just finished a season under Vinny Del Negro, so Hill knows that absolutely anybody can be a head coach.


Thirst Consultant

Hear me out on this one.

Hydration is important in our health-conscious society, but so is knowing the limitations of certain beverages. Hill has an excellent relationship with Sprite (he doesn't seem like the type to burn bridges), and as such, he's well-versed in both important topics.

He knows it is critically important to obey one's thirst, but never at the expense of allowing a soda to compromise one's safety. Maybe Michelle Obama will hire him to spearhead her campaign against childhood obesity.

After all, nobody knows the dangers of sugary drinks more than Hill. Well, except for that kid who got rim-checked in the commercial because he thought a sip of Sprite would give him super powers.

A sugar high is a dangerous thing, and Hill is just the man to educate the public on that topic.


Fila Brand Ambassador

Remember Fila? When Hill went down with his ankle injury in 2000, the shoe brand that endorsed him went right along with it.

Fila still makes the odd sweat jacket, but it's days as a maker of basketball kicks is over. So maybe Hill could help the company transition into casual wear. He's going to be sporting suits in whatever his next career turns out to be, so perhaps he can be the new face (or foot, I guess) of a line of loafers.

Maybe a nice wingtip or a cap-toe. The possibilities are endless.


President of the United States of America

Wouldn't you vote for him?

Hill has a great education from Duke University, is a family man, has no skeletons in his closet and is beloved by everyone he's ever met. Every time he speaks, he sounds like a capable, conscientious leader who knows how to achieve compromise.

Actually, forget it. He sounds overqualified.