For Grant Hill, this is 40

After superstar beginnings, the new Clipper embraces second life in basketball

Updated: October 15, 2012, 2:41 PM ET
By Justin Verrier | ESPN.com

The excitement Grant Hill feels on the precipice of a new season of basketball has often been tempered by a clear reminder of his own mortality within the game.

Born on Oct. 5, 1972, Hill has spent the bulk of his past 18 birthdays in an NBA training camp, running through layup lines, being led through stretching exercises, and working his way through the routine levied upon all 30 franchises this time of year. It's a setting, he admits, that is not ideal for celebration.

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