End of an Era

Published on 5-Jun-2013 by Bridgett Davis

Basketball - NBA    NBA Daily Opinion

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End of an Era
Call it déja vu.
In the 1994-95 NBA season, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd entered the league together, showed their talents together, and ultimately won the Rookie of the Year honor together. 
All eyes were on Hill as he announced his retirement before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. We all have been reminiscing on what might have been. Don't get me wrong, he had a great career. But there's always the thought of how great he would have been if not for injuries. 
Despite the setbacks, Hill was a seven-time All-Star. He also made the All-NBA First Team in 1996-97 along with being named to the All-NBA second team four times. Additionally, he was member of the 1996 gold medal-winning Dream Team.
What's more important is his personality. Hill is one of the most respected players ever.  
Kidd's career was quite different. He was a triple-double machine. It's questionable as to how great his play was, but he should go down as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. 
Kidd has his own accolades. He's a 10-time All-Star, a four-time All-Defensive first teamer, and a five-time All-NBA first-teamer.
There's no question that these two will get into the Hall of Fame; it's only a matter of when. In this day and age, fans may not appreciate the talent and skill that players like Hill and Kidd possess, but those of us who have seen them play well appreciate that they are two of the game's aficionados.

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