As reported by Todd Orodenker of The Brownsville Herald, former San Antonio Spurs guard George Hill held a camp at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.
Even though he’s no longer a Spurs player, Hill still made a commitment.
“My word is my bond,” Hill said.
The locked-out Indiana Pacers player played host to two youth clinics Wednesday at the REK Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, teaching kids fundamentals and playing games before autograph and picture-taking sessions.
The day ended with a benefit softball game against Brownsville police and firefighters.
“Fun experience,” Hill said. “The kids are smiling, having fun. (I’m) showing them I support them just like they support me.
Hill was traded from the San Antonio Spurs to the Pacers during the NBA Draft in June for San Diego State star Kawhi Leonard, who Indiana took 15th overall, and the 42nd draft pick and the rights to Erazem Lorbek.
Despite the team change, Hill had previously purchased loads of gear, including t-shirts and jerseys, with his name and the Spurs’ logo on them. So, that’s what he sold and that’s what was given to the campers. Hill was even wearing a pair of Spurs shorts.
Because of the lockout, which went into effect July 1, Hill can do whatever he wants — he’s technically not a member of any team and doesn’t have a contract. And he was more than excited to make a return trip to the Rio Grande Valley.
“I’ve been having fun,” he said. “The kids are smiling a lot, can’t complain.”
Hill was in Port Isabel on Tuesday for a clinic and a few appearances and will be in McAllen today for another clinic and the George Hill Final Farewell Benefit Party at Club Ibiza.
With the trade, it will be Hill’s last appearance in the Valley before heading back to Indiana, where he grew up and attended college at IUPUI.
Hill enjoyed three successful seasons with San Antonio, where he averaged 9.9 points per game and 2.4 assists per game, but leaving won’t be easy.
“Of course, to leave that is like (leaving) a family member,” Hill said. “At the same time, I can’t focus on that now. I have to focus on my new team.”
Whenever the lockout ends, he’ll join a Pacers team that squeaked into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed and gave the top seed Chicago Bulls a run for their money in Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Proceeds from Hill’s clinics will go his George Hill Rising Stars Youth Basketball Foundation.