- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 2, 2005

Last night at TD Waterhouse Centre in Orlando, Fla.

KEY NUMBER

99Career coaching victories for Washington’s Eddie Jordan. Jordan owns a 99-151 record, which includes stints with the Sacramento Kings and the Wizards.

SEEN AND HEARD

HILL TO HANG AROUND: Despite the four ankle surgeries that cost Orlando’s Grant Hill four years of his career, the Reston native said last night he has been reinvigorated by what he has accomplished this season and isn’t thinking about retiring any time soon.

?A goal of mine, and I know it sounds crazy, was to play as many years after the injury as I did before,? said Hill, who before this season had played just 47 games the last four seasons. ?I’ll be pretty old by then, but I am energized to play as long as I can.

Hill has returned this season to average 19.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.39 steals. This season he started for the East in the All-Star Game.

Six years from now Hill will be 38. He feels the time he missed might be to his advantage.

?I feel like I missed a lot but I don’t feel like I have as much mileage on me, not as much as I would have had if I had been playing,? Hill said. ?The four years out saved me some wear and tear on the tires, so hopefully that will pay off on the back end. Really, I just want to play as long as I can go out and be effective.?

John N. Mitchell

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