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Grant Hill to make season debut for Clippers Saturday vs. Magic

Jan 12, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

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If you were looking for a reason to tune in for an afternoon contest between the Clippers and the Magic, Grant Hill making his season debut for Los Angeles is as good a reason as any.

Hill was said to be a game time decision after practice on Friday, but Vinnie Del Negro told reporters before tip-off on Saturday that Hill would indeed see his first regular season action as a member of the Clippers against the Orlando Magic.

Hill has missed all 36 of L.A.’s games to this point in the season with a bone bruise in his right knee. The Clippers have been just fine without him, obviously, getting out to a 28-8 start that has them tied with the Thunder for the best record in the league.

“We won’t know enough until he starts playing in games and gets in better condition,” Del Negro said about Hill on Friday. “We’ve got to get him out there to get him a few minutes here or there and see how he feels and we’ll figure everything out.”

The “few minutes here or there” remark was some unintentional comedy on Del Negro’s part, given the fact that L.A.’s rotation is already extremely crowded, and it will be a challenge for the Clippers head coach to find the right mix on a nightly basis.

Hill averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game in Phoenix last season, while routinely doing an excellent job defensively when matched up against the other team’s best player.

  1. abchome - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    With Matt Barnes playing so well, hope Del Negro could find a way for Hill to contribute without lossing too much of Barnes’ production.

  2. raidmagic - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Fantastic to see Hill out playing for another team after collection 93 million to sit on Orlando’s bench.

  3. mazblast - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Grant Hill? Didn’t he used to be somebody?

    • 24thesho - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Haha! Well, he’s an NCAA CHAMPION, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist, he’s still playing in the NBA after a ton of surgeries, he’s about or approaching 40, he’s still playing in the NBA (oh, I typed that already), he has the respect of mostly everybody in the NBA (still), he’s married to one of the finest women on the planet, he’s never had any public conroversy as far as I know and he still makes more money that most people will ever see and he’ll probably make a great living afterwards. So, yeah, he’s still somebody (and still may get lucky enough to win a NBA title with one of the elite teams if for no other reason, his good karma). Who are you? Playa? What’s your last name again….? Oh yeah, that’s right, Hater (pronounced, “Hay-duh”).

  4. thetooloftools - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    I wish Grant Hill all the luck. Someday he may be as great as his father Calvin. It’s a cross he must bear. Grant is a War Horse. He is one tough dude.

  5. BigBeachBall - Jan 13, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    The rotations were fine before. Now the Clippers are going to disrupt the teams chemistry and momentum to try an integrate a guy who could easily go down like billups did. Hill is older than billups and way more fragile.

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