Hawks co-owner Hill: Racial healing in Atlanta has started

ATLANTA (AP) As one of the new faces in the Atlanta Hawks' ownership group, Grant Hill says he feels a mandate to ''do something amazing'' for the city.

Given the circumstances that led to the sale of the team, Hill knows that means more than just trying to bring a championship to Atlanta.

One year ago, the Hawks were reeling from racially charged comments made public from former owner Bruce Levenson and former general manager Danny Ferry. A group headed by Antony Ressler signed off on an agreement in April to purchase the team for $850 million.

Efforts to repair damage caused by the inflammatory comments included the Hawks' inaugural diversity symposium on Thursday. Hill, a seven-time NBA All-Star, says progress has been made but ''scars take time to heal.''