USA Basketball slam dunks with hire of Grant Hill

By ALAN WALLS

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Yesterday USA Basketball announced the hiring of Grant Hill to replace Jerry Colangelo as men’s team managing director after the Tokyo Olympics.

This a GREAT hire by USA Basketball! There is no one more qualified for the position:

- Gold medalist with the 1990 USA U18 Americas Championship team
- Bronze medalist with the 1991 USA Pan American Games team
- 2-time national champion at Duke University (1991 & 1992)
- Member of 1992 USA Developmental Team that scrimmaged and beat the original Dream Team
- 1996 USA Olympic Gold medal team member
- Played on five USA Basketball teams and won two gold medals and one bronze medal and compiled an overall record of 26-1 (.963 winning percentage)
- Played 19 NBA seasons: 7-time All-Star, 5-time All-NBA
- Inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2014)
- Inducted into the Duke University Hall of Fame (2016)
- Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player (2018)


I hope that his serves as an example to other federations to follow.

Federations around the world need to involve/hire more experienced and qualified former players and get rid of the political appointees just looking for positions of power.

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Author Alan Walls is an American international basketball coach and administrator with over 26 years of experience on the youth, high school, NCAA, professional and national team levels in 16 countries and on five continents. Walls has worked with the national federations of Turkey, Romania, Palestine, Mongolia, Kenya and El Salvador as well as coached or conducted camps and clinics throughout the United States – including his native Hawai’i – Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, China, Hong Kong and Israel. Walls is the founder and Secretary-General of the United Nations of Basketball (2020 launch) and founder and President of the International Basketball Union (2021 launch).

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