GRANT HILL REMEMBERS HIS last game against Jordan: “He literally gave me 20 points in the first quarter”

GRANT HILL REMEMBERS HIS last game against Jordan: “He literally gave me 20 points in the first quarter”

In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, Grant Hill remembered his last game playing against Michael Jordan before he retired in a Washington Wizards jersey. At that time, Hill was playing for the Orlando Magic and had a tremendous desire to matchup against Jordan for one last time. He knew he will no longer be playing that season because of an ankle injury that affected his playing time and performance.

Hill also said that when he was healthy and in his prime, he was convinced he was the best player in the NBA; however, injuries caught up with him, and he was never the same player. Before his last game against Jordan, Hill was in charge of guarding Jordan earlier that season, and according to him, he was successful in slowing him down. This gave him the confidence he can take on Jordan with a bad ankle, and soon realized he made a big mistake.

“So we’re playing Wizards, and it’s a TNT game, and he torched me in that first quarter, he literally gave me 20 points in the first quarter on the same play. He just ran the same play. I could not guard him, and literally, I checked out of the game in the first quarter, and I didn’t even go to the bench, I walked back to the locker room, and I was done. I had surgery a couple of days later, but I wanted to guard Jordan one last time, and I shouldn’t have.”

Grant Hill, via Dan Patrick Show

Jordan eventually finished the game with 32 points and 8 assists, shooting exceptionally well from the field in a win against the Magic. This was Hill’s last game that season in which he finished with only 2 points in 12 minutes of action. This was Jordan’s final season in the NBA, and during his time with the Wizards, even though he was almost 40, he still put up solid numbers while showcasing why he is considered the greatest player in NBA history.