Hate, Hate, Hate...

It's Grant Hill week y'all!  Yes, at long last it has arrived.  And at what better time than the day after Duke University was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by Kansas in a battle for the last spot in the 2018 Final Four.  So go ahead all you Duke haters, enjoy your moment, because I've got a whole week's worth of Grant Hill stuff lined up.  Before we go any further, I'll let the master of ceremonies deliver the commencement...

Warmed up yet haters?  This should get you there.  You are not going to appreciate this comparison at all...

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I am not comparing Grant Hill to LeBron James.  Okay, I am doing exactly that.  And I'm doing it within a context that can bring out arguments from both sides to debate the most burning question in barbershops around the world:  Who's better Grant Hill or LeBron James?

Well maybe it's still the early 90's in my barbershop.  Maybe I've been bald for 20 years, so I haven't been in a barbershop in a while... 

Calm down haters.  I'm making jokes here.  The only comparison we can make here is on that eerily similar left handed alley oop finish that both of them managed to pull off.  So, who did it better?  Judging by the photos above I'm leaning towards The King.  Maybe it's the camera angle, I don't know.  But that looks crazy.  Let's look at the clips.

Your Majesty, you have the honours:

That is unbelievable.  The pass is behind him.  He jumps off of his left foot, so naturally he should be finishing with his right hand.  He has to adjust his body mid-flight and reach back with his left hand and guide the ball to the hoop, and still manages to put it down with authority.  And to top it off, he gives us the classic Shaquille O'Neal "It's alive!" celebration to remind everybody that he finished with his off hand.  In my hoop mind, you get extra credit for paying homage to historical giants and historically giant moments.

And now for Mr Nice.  (Honestly I got that from Basketball-Reference, I've never heard of a nickname for Grant Hill.)  That being said, I think you better buckle up.

Buckle Up!  There it is.  Grant Hill's nickname should be Buckle Up after that.  That was way cooler than the LBJ's version of the same play.  He did all the same things.  Pass behind him, left foot jump, reach back, left hand finish.  But it was just smoother.  He had to spread his legs like an Olympic hurdler.

Grant Hill did it first.  Grant Hill did it better.  Go ahead haters.

This dunk shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone who watches NCAA basketball.  Grant Hill has converted poor lobs before, and he has done it on a much bigger stage.  You know what's coming Jayhawks fans...

I'm not trying to be a whiner but that clip sure makes these sour grapes go down a lot easier.

Tim Caldwell