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Coffee Talk: Grant Hill Retires From the NBA

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• After 19 long years in the NBA, Grant Hill, 40, is officially ready to retire. Hill made his announcement just before a recent game. "I'm glad to say I'm done," said Hill. "I'm officially retired, moving on from playing. I had a great run. I'm announcing it now… I've been hinting at it the last few years. You get to a point where you just don't want to do it anymore but I've enjoyed it. I've loved it." Although the NBA star signed a $4 million contract with the Clippers in 2012, he gave several clues throughout the season that this would be his final. [ESPN]

• The upcoming American Idol tour starring the winner, Candice Glover, has been scaled back. According to the tour's production company, 19 Entertainment, the tour will make 31 stops across America instead of the scheduled 40. The tour will also began much later than anticipated—July 19th. The news comes after a disappointing year in ratings despite its star-studded judges' panel. [E! News]

• A piece of baseball history was sold on Sunday. A baseball glove worn by the legendary Jackie Robinson during the 1955 and 1956 World Series sold at an auction for $373,002. A bat he used from 1956 went for $114,000. Both items were sold by one person and both items were purchased by the same unidentified buyer. [Grio]

• With the upcoming biopic Nina set to make its grand debut later this year, the film's director, Cynthia Mort, is commenting on the backlash she received for casting Zoe Saldana as the lead. "This was a creative endeavor, and to judge and to hijack a creative endeavor before it's finished is the only thing I take any issue with," said Mort. "When it's done you can say whatever you want." [Grio]

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