While working on a voter drive in Milwaukee, George Hill took some time for an interview with the Associate Press. Hill and fifty volunteers from Common Ground were block walking in an effort to get out the vote.
“You always try to figure out different ways you can strike change and be accounted for,” Hill said. “When I first got to the NBA, Coach Pop [Gregg Popovich] told me one thing that always stuck with me, is how do you put your whole fingerprints on the world and leave your mark.”
Hill’s activism was front at center in the Orlando-based NBA bubble as the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Game 5 of the first round of playoffs. The Bucks chose not to play in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, some forty miles from the Bucks home.
“Sometimes you have to stand up for what’s right, and sometimes that may be ruffling feathers and may be frowned upon by everyone else, but at the end of the day in your heart, knowing you’re on the right side of history and knowing that you did the right thing, good or bad, you have to live with that.”
Hill’s community service is well-known throughout San Antonio where he maintains a home. Back at the beginning of the pandemic, Pop’s “favorite” partnered up with Bush’s Chicken to provide meals for people working on the front lines of the pandemic response.
This Saturday, Hill is joining Bush’s again to offer a socially distanced Halloween experience.
Even after all his years in other parts of the NBA, his San Antonio spirit still shines.
That is Pop’s influence melding with a kind, gentle soul.
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