"...In a conversation Wednesday, Hill said he was all but convinced that New York was where he wanted to be. The more I reflected on our conversation, the more it became apparent that while Hill really did love New York, the city, New York, the Knicks, was another matter.
To satisfy his love of the city, the Hills may buy an apartment in New York. At the end of the day, Hill conceded that he was unsure he could endure the many losses before the franchise regained respectability.
The Knicks lost 50 games last season and their prospects for improvement seem dim.
“We lost 36 games last year and I was miserable,” Hill said Friday. “My wife said that when we’re winning, I’m happy. When I’m happy, the house is happy.”
Hill chose comfort, familiarity and trust over the prospect of a great adventure in New York and possibly winning a championship in Boston.
“In Phoenix I get both the basketball and being on a potentially decent team,” Hill said. “I’m not totally convinced that we can’t be better than what we showed last season. The Suns have a great medical staff, and given all the injuries I’ve had, that’s very important to me...”The biggest injury the team has to worry about is Amar'e's eye, which he's having another surgery on. I'm no doctor, but my mother had the same issue and it's a big deal.
If winning was all that Hill was about, you know why he took so long with his decision. He was close to coming here.
But why not go to the Celtics if he wanted to win?
To me, I'd speculate that Hill had to travel around with his dad at the end of his illustrious NFL career. After Dallas, Calvin Hill played in Washington and Cleveland. Their family is close, at least that's all I heard while Grant was at Duke, so you'd have to figure that Hill didn't want to put his kids through the same end of career experience that he lived through.