words // Zack Schlemmer
It’s crazy to think that the two players with signature shoes on this page from 1996 are still in the NBA. NBA Ironmen Grant Hill and Jerry Stackhouse both inked new deals with the Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets, respectively, this off season. Hill entered the NBA way back in 1994 and at age 39, is currently the second oldest player in the NBA, with Kurt Thomas being only one day his elder. Stackhouse at age 37, ranks at #9 on the list of oldest active NBA players, but has actually been in the NBA longer than some of his elders since he left college early.
On this page we see Grant Hill’s second signature model with FILA, and Jerry Stackhouse’s first. This page reminds us of the days when not every top basketball player wore the same one or two brands of shoes. Italian sportswear company FILA was a major player in the early to mid 90’s basketball sneaker market and the Grant Hill II was one of their most popular models ever. Both players would go on to have more signature models with FILA but these two available on this page would both be their most memorable.