Grant Hill to Write Editorial in New York Times about The Fab 5

The documentary about Michigan’s Fab 5 has stirred a lot of emotions and one of the hot button topics was their feelings about the early 90’s version of the Duke Blue Devils.

One thing people are forgetting, is they were telling you how they felt as 18 year old teenagers.

Think back to when you were 18, how you felt about certain things.  Did you feel the same at 28, 38 or 48?  Bobby Hurley has already come out and said that he would have started over Jalen Rose (that is a stretch).

Now Grant Hill who Jimmy King called a “b*tch”, is going to express his feelings in an op ed piece.  Sports By Brooks has the details.

A source at the NEW YORK TIMES told me late Tuesday that Hill has submitted an editorial to the newspaper to be published this week that will detail his feelings about the aforementioned Michigan team. Included in Hill’s piece is an anecdote about King attending Pistons training camp in 1999.

I’ve been told that Hill notes in the N.Y. Times article that King’s unflattering remark about him was particularly disappointing because he considered King a friend. In fact, Hill reveals in his editorial that he thought so much of King that he repeatedly lobbied then-Pistons GM Rick Sund not to cut the former Wolverine at the end of training camp in ‘99. (Hill’s efforts turned out to be futile, as King was released before the season.)

Instead of going to the New York Times, Grant Hill who I have great respect for, should have picked up the phone to call Jimmy King who was just expressing how he felt about Hill at the time, not years later when they were teammates.

I wouldn’t expect such pettiness out of Hill and if he can’t understand why they felt the way about him, then he is ignoring what was really going on at the time.

When Hill was 18, I would have understood  his ignorance, but today knowing what he knows about society, I thought he would be above this type of thing.

36 thoughts on “Grant Hill to Write Editorial in New York Times about The Fab 5

  • I agree with the comments made by LouisTaylored, we have to remember what Jalen said about Duke and cohorts was when he was a teenager. I'm sure a lot of teenagers back then felt that way about Duke and the elite. People have to remember the times, it was the early 90's. America was going through some racial tension, such as the Rodney King riots, O.J. Simpson trial, and the whole prison sentences guidelines of crack vs. cocaine. I think people are taking the comments from Rose and company too literally and not looking at it from its roots.

  • I say King could pick up the phone and say " some unflattering comments are going to be said and I just want you to know I don't feel that way now or even later on". It wouldn't have killed any of them to preface it with

    " I was young, ignorant and stupid". now they just seem old, ignorant and insensitive! Grant wasn't supposed to respond after those inflammatory comments? Really? For real?

  • don't want to start anything, but maybe the fab five were THE REAL "SELLOUTS." five young talented BLACK young men could have changed & revolutionized the collegiate sports by attending a HBCU . instead they chose to go to a PWI with a piss poor white coach who they could run over. look up the teams the fab five consistently lost to Duke (4-0) and Indiana (4-2). what do these teams have in common, they're well coached and disciplipened. again playing devil's advocate, but they went a top 50 PWI.

  • I noticed the comment it was a stretch when Hurley said Rose wouldn't have started over him. Really, why not? Hurley was the kind of player they wanted and already proven at what he does and what they wanted. The whole documentary said it all. Freshmen didn't start over older players that were specifically good, so Jalen wouldn't have started over Hurley.

    I agree with what people said about the blackness of a person being proven by living down rather than trying to better yourself rather than living to someone else's lowered expectations. with all that said, I have to admit that I was rooting for the Fab 5 back then. It does make me a bit uncomfortable now though to see how it played out and the responses of people today to it.

  • many of u white folks and some of u brainwashed Negroes will never understand what jalen and jimmy was coming from. it's a different world from where u come from! end the discussion at once! grant hill aint bout shit no way; he wasn't well liked in detroit neither; funny ass clown acting negro couldn't even say what's up, when i saw him in person- i didn't want shit; i was just speaking to the brother. that shit jalen spitting is real! d-town foe life!!

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