Hill goes on DL; no return date set

Published: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 12:49 a.m.
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Orlando placed Grant Hill on the disabled list and said there is no timetable for his return.

(NYT Regional Newspapers)
ORLANDO - Grant Hill is out of action once again.
The Orlando Magic placed the six-time All-Star forward on the injured list Saturday because of chronic pain in his surgically repaired left ankle, and there was no timetable for his return.
Hill has played in 29 of 41 games this season, averaging 14.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists.
But he's been limited to playing in only four of the team's 11 games since Christmas. He left after 12 minutes Thursday against Washington.
"The goal all along has been to give Grant the best chance to get healthy," Magic general manager John Gabriel said. "At this time, we feel the best course of action is extended rest and continued rehabilitation."
When talking with reporters Friday, Hill expressed frustration and disappointment.
"I may want to play, I love to play, but that's gotten me into the trouble I've been in," Hill told the Orlando Sentinel. "So you got to do what you got to do. It's just part of it."
Magic coach Doc Rivers said there is no way of knowing how long Hill will be sidelined.
"We're going to put him on the list, and basically we're going to just keep him on there until we can get him healthy," Rivers said. "If that's a month, if that's a week, if that's three months, that's what we're going to do."
Hill has had three operations on the ankle since breaking it in 2000 while with the Detroit Pistons.
He missed all but 18 games the past two seasons since signing with the Magic as a free agent.

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