Congratulations to Grant Hill

Grant Hill, an ever-proud Dukie, must be ecstatic about Duke's national title.

Grant Hill, an ever-proud Dukie, is ecstatic about Duke's national title.

Suns forward Grant Hill often likes to joke that he doesn’t start paying attention to Duke basketball until April.

For once, the ever-proud Dukie was able to catch the end of his Blue Devils’ season by sticking to that standard.

Yes, Duke is back on top of the world after finishing off Butler in a thrilling National Championship Game Monday night.

Hill tweeted, “Duke does it again,” “2010 NCAA Champions!!!!” and “Go Duke!” in the aftermath of the title. I assume that means he’s excited.

Amazingly, this is only Duke’s second championship since Hill won back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992 for the Dukies. The other, of course, was in 2001 against my Wildcats.

It was a good day all around for Hill, as earlier on Monday it was announced that Grant is among the 2009-10 divisional winners of the NBA Sportsmanship Award. Already the only two-time winner of the award, they might need to change the name of the Joe Dumars Trophy if Hill takes the award again.

This honor is bestowed upon the NBA player “who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court,” according to a league release. Hill previously won the award, which has been around since 1996, in 2004-05 in Orlando and 2007-08 with the Suns.

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