Grant Hill will forever be remembered as one of the biggest “What if” players in NBA history, and even though he was plagued with injuries throughout his career, he was able to play a significant number of seasons in the league.
In his illustrious career, Hill faced off against several generations of players led by Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James. In a recent interview on The Dan Patrick show, Hill was asked who was the toughest player he had to guard during his career, and he gave a pretty honest and exciting answer.
Even though he hasn’t guarded Jordan on numerous occasions, Hill said he was the toughest to guard but had extraordinary things to say about Kobe and the way he approached every game, especially on offense.
“You have to go with Jordan. I didn’t guard Jordan a lot, but when I did, it was definitely Jordan. Kobe was tough because I guarded Kobe a lot. When I was on the Suns, it was my role to guard Kobe. Kobe is relentless, and every time down the court, he is trying to score, and he was the one guy that I felt like he really didn’t have a witness. He could go right, he could go left, over either shoulder, in the post. He could hit crazy shots, contested from three-pointer. You just had to sort of had amnesia sometimes and get over it that he will hit tough shots. He was the ultimate challenge and not to take anything away from LeBron, and I didn’t guard Jordan much. But I had a bad ankle, and I was 37 years old, and to put me on Kobe Bryant was completely unfair. Kobe didn’t feel sorry for me, and I think there was a lot of respect, but he was relentless.”