Oprah's Master Class offers an unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of the famous people we love, respect and admire. Next to sit across the legendary interviewer is none other than Grant Hill, one of the best-known players in professional basketball.
After back-to-back National Championships with Duke University, including playing a key part in college basketball’s most memorable, buzzer beating play, Grant went on to play in the NBA for the last seventeen years. But, he had to overcome a horrific series of injuries to really make a name for himself. When he was a boy, Grant’s father, who attended Yale and played in the NFL, set a high bar – if Grant wanted to play basketball he had to get good grades. On top of emphasizing academics, his parents also taught him to live with respect – for people and for the game. Grant carried that lesson with him through life and it helped him to understand that great players make their teammates better. It also helped him cultivate a strong sense of intuition, which helped him overcome obstacles and rise to greatness.
In his first six seasons in the NBA, Grant led the Detroit Pistons to the playoffs three times in a row. Then, Grant’s career was nearly destroyed by a debilitating ankle injury. But after four surgeries and a life-threatening infection, Grant found his fighting spirit and managed to come out of it on top. More than that, he came to believe that our wounds make us part of who we are. At age 39, he remains one of the most respected players in the game.
Oprah’s Master Class—Grant Hill airs Sunday, April 1st at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network