Five days after Kyrie Irving was born, one of the more-celebrated passes in college basketball history occurred.

It came from the hands of Grant Hill.

Two players representing different generations of Duke basketball meet at US Airways Center on Thursday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers and No. 1 overall pick Irving meet the Suns and Hill, a 16-year NBA veteran and the second-oldest player in the league.

It is a clash of players with high regard for one another.

"I had respect for him even before I met him," Irving said Wednesday at Grand Canyon University, where Cleveland practiced.

Why not? Hill was a legend at Duke. He played in three national-title games, winning two, and is the player who heaved an inbounds pass 75 feet into the hands of Christian Laettner, who converted a game-winning jumper against Kentucky in a 1992 NCAA Tournament regional final.