- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 30, 2005


Two of the ankle operations performed on the Orlando Magic’s Grant Hill were performed by Baltimore surgeon Mark Myerson. Myerson also operated on Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens’ ankle on Dec.22.

Before this season, Hill, who scored 27 points in the victory over the Wizards at MCI Center last night, had appeared in just 47 games over the last four seasons as his ankle healed. Hill maintains Myerson’s work was not responsible for getting him back on the court — eventually he left Myerson’s care — but said his condition and Owens’ were very different.

“What I had and what he has are like night and day,” Hill said before last night’s game when asked if Owens should play in the Super Bowl. “I do know that the adrenaline and the excitement of the game sometimes take over, and you wind up not doing what is the best thing for your body.”

Hill said he understood completely why Owens is so adamant about playing in the game next Sunday.

“I’d want to know the timetable you are looking at if you do play and you get hurt,” Hill said. “Is it two months or is it something worse? As athletes we always think that we can overcome anything, and that’s what makes some guys real good. But sometimes that can be a detriment. I’m sure that was some of the problem with me, and I’m sure T.O. is experiencing a little bit of that right now.”

John N. Mitchell

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