Former NBA Star Grant Hill in Negotiations to Do Broadcasting Next Season

Adam FromalFeatured Columnist IVApril 12, 2017

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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The NBA just won't be the same without Grant Hill

Fortunately, we may get to hear his voice as we spend our time watching professional basketball, helping fill the void left when he retired after nearly two decades in the league. As reported by Johnny Esfeller on behalf of the IMG Academy, Hill is in negotiations to join a broadcast booth: 

I'm excited that it's over. It was a long journey in terms of my career. But I'm very excited about the next phase and some broadcasting things I'm looking at some things that we're working on right now with some of the major networks, so that is something that can keep you in and around the game and around sports. 

While we don't yet know what network Hill will settle for, one thing is certain: The stat-sheet stuffer will excel in that new role. 

Hill has two major things going for him as a broadcaster. 

First, he knows the game extremely well. Thanks to his experience and cerebral play, the small forward always stood out as an intelligent student of the sport. He thrived due to his physical gifts, the technical skills he developed and his ability to dissect the opposing team as the action progressed. 

Secondly, Hill comes across as a well-spoken basketball star. 

Go to YouTube and type in "Grant Hill interview." No matter what applicable link you click on, you'll be impressed by Hill's ability to conduct himself and add to the conversation in intelligent fashion.

I've included an example for you here—Hill's official retirement announcement on TNT—but it's by no means the only one. 

More so than anyone else, Hill embodies what networks need to be looking for. 

It's not about hiring the biggest name, as plenty of former players have flopped once they get in front of the mic. Members of the broadcasting booth need to be able to analyze the game properly.

If you're like me, you've grown up watching a league that has always had Hill in it (other than the time injuries caused him to miss). It looks like we may get to watch him for a little bit longer, just in a different fashion.