Ankle has Hill, Magic confident


Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 30, 2002 at 10:43 p.m.
ORLANDO - A question shouted from the back of a knot of reporters and cameramen surrounding Grant Hill on Monday got right to the point: "How's the ankle? Ankle good?"
"Feels great," a smiling Hill yelled back to the questioner, teammate Mike Miller.
The playful exchange was an indication of the team's confidence in the health of the six-time All-Star. Over the past two seasons, Hill has not been a factor for the Magic.
Both Hill and the Magic expect that to change this season.
In the past two seasons, the Magic are 87-77 and haven't won a playoff series. Hill's balky left ankle has limited him to just 18 games since signing with Orlando in 2000.
The Magic will open training camp today at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. They are banking on Hill's comeback, having steered clear of any drastic moves in the offseason.
Instead of trading away Miller, the Magic decided to keep the small forward to complement guard Tracy McGrady.
Orlando also upgraded at point guard, signing Jacque Vaughn to start while moving Darrell Armstrong to the bench. And the corps of big men was revamped, with the team signing Shawn Kemp and Olumide Oyedeji, and trading for rookie power forward Ryan Humphrey.

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