“They’re a great team. They’ve been fun to watch. They’ve been a great story this year.” Grant Hill, the seven-time NBA All-Star, was referring to the Atlanta Hawks when we spoke just a few days ago. The team won 60 games during the regular season. That’s a franchise record. They are seeded #1 in the East.
Hill apparently admires the Hawks so much that he has signed on to become an owner of the team. Reports indicate that he is part of the group led by billionaire Antony Ressler that will pay $850 million for the Hawks. The team ownership group, which consists of Bruce Levenson, and Michael Gearon Jr., is said to be working to finalize the deal. Levenson announced last year that he’d be selling his share of the team when racially insensitive emails, attributed to Levenson, became public.
When I spoke to Hill outside the Atlanta Civic Center, I asked him about the recent accolades being heaped upon former Hawks All-star and now team executive Dominique Wilkins. Hill, who has been retired for two years said, “the great thing about being retired is getting the chance to get to know him”, referring to Wilkins. Hill, described Wilkins as “a great man, he was a great player, and a great ambassador for basketball here in Atlanta.”
I also asked Hill what if he’d had to go up against this current Atlanta Hawks team during his years in the NBA. He told me, “I’m a competitor, so you always like to think that you can win, but they’re very good.”