Grant Hill

Grant Hill - Scott Gramling, John Rolfe Don't expect anything particularly interesting or special here. It's a Sports Illustrated biography of Grant Hill who, at the time it was written in the mid-1990s, was the NBA's brightest young star. Hill was set to replace Michael Jordan as the NBA's main icon. Oh, how a few bad luck injuries robbed Grant and his fans of what should have been a legendary career...

Anyways, it's a straightforward, simplistic biography that is intended for kids. The language is simple, and so is their treatment of Grant's life. All the stuff about Hill, his family, and teammates is overwhelmingly positive. This works to some extent with its main subject since Grant Hill is considered one of the nicest, humblest, and most genuine NBA players of the past two decades, and his loving parents always come across wonderfully in interviews. However, it's downright disingenuous when it comes to many of Grant's teammates (Christian Laettner, Cherokee Parks) and even coaches (Don Chaney), of whom you won't read a single negative word about in this book, contrary to every profile or article.

While that might be partially forgiven in a kid's book treating the athletes as heroes who can do no wrong, it's difficult to excuse how utterly bland the description of games was!

Aside from simple box score stats, (mainly just the final score and Grant's own personal stats) we are barely told anything about the memorable games he played in! Even the description of the legendary Kentucky-Duke game which Laettner won with a buzzer beater has no description of what occurred on the court aside from the last shot.

I honestly believe the authors didn't even bother watching most of these games, but took the lazy way out, figuring that hey, it was just a book for kids!

And while a kid back in the 90s might learn some neat things about Grant Hill and several other players from this book, it's a lousy, worthless biography for anyone else. And even when it comes to kids, the authors short-changed that audience with their barren, lackluster game descriptions.