Nearly a decade ago, Grant Hill '94 had already done it all--three-time All-American at Duke, two national titles, and, as a Detroit Piston, N.B.A. Rookie of the Year--and yet he'd hardly begun. Still ahead were six N.B.A. All-Star awards and an Olympic gold medal.
Reflecting on his first season as a Piston, Hill told Duke Magazine in 1995, "Basketball has always been very good to me, but there are a lot of other things I'd rather do in this world. One day, when I'm old and gray and I'm at a barbecue, I'd like to have basketball as just a chapter in my life."
Chapter two: Grant Hill, Art Collector. With the publication of Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African American Art, Hill has embarked upon a new phase of life and a traveling exhibition of forty-six works he's collected since 1990. For the next two years, the exhibition, which opened November 2 at the Orlando Museum of Art, will travel across the country to museums in New Orleans, Houston, Baltimore, and Dallas. Its last two stops are the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, and the new Nasher Museum at Duke.
As New York Times sportswriter William C. Rhoden writes in Something All Our Own, Hill believes that "young people should be as familiar with Bearden as they are with Jordan and O'Neal; they should know the stories, the journey behind each life." And that's just chapter two.
"Interview with a Winner": Update
From Athlete to Aesthete: "Interview with a Winner," Duke Magazine, September-October 1995
June 1, 2004