Sidelined By Injury
Injury struck Hill at the end of the 1999-2000 season. He missed the last three games of the season due to a bruised bone in his left foot. Although he returned for the playoffs against the Miami Heat, in the second game of the series he broke his left ankle. As a free agency in 2000, Hill accepted an offer to join the Orlando Magic, but only played in four regular season games during the 2000-01 season. He was voted to start the NBA All-Star Game but sat out due to his injury. Hill continued to struggle with injury during the 2001-02 season, sitting out all but fourteen regular season games. By the beginning of the 2002-03 season Hill was making his third comeback attempt after undergoing three surgeries on his left ankle, but he is not pain-free and uncertainty lingers whether he can ever return to the spectacular player that he once was.
Hill married Grammy-nominated singer Tamia on July 24, 1999. Their first child, daughter Myla Grace, was born on February 11, 2002. Hill has often made good on his "good guy" reputation, including serving as the vice-chairperson of the 1999 Special Olympic World Games, donating $1 million to Duke University, and $50,000 to benefit Child Abuse Prevention. If Hill's injuries keep him from returning to prime form, he has nonetheless graced the NBA with his fluid, athletic play and his demeanor as an all-round nice guy, making him one of the most popular players in the league.