Tuesday , Mar , 09 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Hill will not return to Magic this season

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Orlando Magic forward Grant Hill will not
return to the court this season. Hill is still recovering from ankle surgery.

“Our goal all along has been to give Grant the best chance to get healthy,”
said general manager John Gabriel. “At this time, and in consultation with the
medical experts, we are in agreement that the risk of him returning this
season to game action could be detrimental in regard to achieving the overall
goal. He will continue his rehabilitation, which includes on-the-court and
off-the-court aspects, while having the summer to work toward his return in

After playing in just 29 games in the 2002-03 season, Hill underwent surgery
on his left ankle and missed the rest of the season. It was the fourth surgery
performed on the ankle. He posted averages of 14.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and
4.2 assists for the Magic last year.

The 30-year-old Hill, a six-time All-Star selection, has played just 47
games for the Magic because of injuries since signing a $93 million contract
with Orlando three years ago. The majority of the contests that he has
missed have been due to the left ankle problems.

Hill, who played six seasons for the Pistons before moving on to Orlando, was
acquired by the Magic from Detroit in a sign-and-trade deal that sent forward
Ben Wallace and guard Chucky Atkins to the Motor City.