Q+A Grant Hill

June 27, 2004

An exhibition of the Magic forward's African-American art
collection is touring the country through 2005.

SI: What do you look for in a piece of art?

Hill: I look for something that captures my eye. There are a lot
of great African-American artists out there. The bulk of my
collection is by Elizabeth Catlett and Romare Bearden. There are
other NBA players who collect as well. Ray Allen. Elliott Perry.
The godfather of collectors is [former Wizards coach] Darrell
Walker.

SI: What was the first piece you purchased?

Hill: I was a junior at Duke and I bought a piece called Fast
Break by Ernie Barnes. He did all the paintings in Good Times and
he played pro football. He was from Durham and he had a print in
his gallery of a fast break back when Johnny Dawkins was playing
for Duke. I was in college so I didn't spend that much on it,
trust me.

SI: Due to an ankle injury you've played just 47 games in the
last four years. Will you play next year at age 32?

Hill: Oh, yeah. I'll be back.

SI: How is your ankle?

Hill: I feel good and I like that everybody is doubting me or
writing me off.

SI: Your spouse is Grammy-nominated singer Tamia (below). What's
it like being married to someone who thousands of men think is
hot?

Hill: Well, it's kind of a weird feeling. I guess your ego likes
that your wife is attractive. But then you're like, Hmmm, I don't
know if I like all these other people thinking that.

SI: You played keyboard on the song Whispers on her last album.
Did you have to audition?

Hill: Actually, the producers who wrote the song with her allowed
me to play some keys, and I got my first album credit. Every
ballplayer loves music, and I don't have the ability to rap or
sing.

SI: What would you like to do after basketball?

Hill: Own my own team. I'm not in position now, but I'm motivated
to do some things with the resources I have. In 10 or 15 years
you never know.

--Richard Deitsch

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COLOR PHOTO: LASTING IMPRESSIONS BY ELLYN/SCULPTURE COURTESY OF ELIZABETH CATLETT/LICENSED BY VAGA (HILL AND SCULPTURE) COLOR PHOTO: TARA CANOVA/RETNA LTD. (TAMIA)

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