The main team of the sport, the United States team announced, this Saturday, a new reinforcement to help outside the courts. Grant Hill, a former national team and NBA player, will take over as managing director of the men’s team after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He will replace Jerry Colangelo, who will retire and whose function is to assist in the assembly of casts that go in search of gold medals.
The exchange takes place in a movement where the United States replaces a player in the Basketball Hall of Fame with another. For the national team, Hill participated in winning the gold medal in 1996, in Atlanta. In 2000, he would also have repeated the feat, had it not been for an injury that took him out of the Sydney Olympics in Australia. In addition, a relevant milestone in his career was that in 1992, Hill was part of a university team that won the first “Dream Team” in preparation for the Games of that year, in Barcelona, Spain.
“This is a great opportunity and also a great challenge,” Hill said on Saturday. “I have a great track record when it comes to international competitions, the Pan American Games and the Olympics, of course. I have been a fan of the United States team since 1984, when it was the first time that I fell in love with basketball, ”he said.
The new director was still very much looking forward to his new and important task. “The more I think about it, the more intrigued, the more excited and the more effort I feel to roll up my sleeves and move on with this incredible responsibility.”
Hill’s career is to be envied. He played 19 seasons in the NBA, having been an All-Star on seven occasions, which would have been much more had it not been for his constant injury problems. He also appeared five times on the league’s “ideal team”. At Duke University, he was a national champion in 1991 and 1992.
Today at 48, Hill joined the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018 and has been working as an NBA and high school basketball analyst for an American broadcaster for nearly 10 years, a role he will continue to exercise even after taking over the command left by Colangelo.
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