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Hamilton sits again; is he done in Detroit?

Posted on: January 15, 2011 6:10 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2011 1:20 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

If anything is signaling a potential three-way trade looming, it's Richard Hamilton.

With the Pistons involved in a rumored deal that would send Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey, Hamilton has received two consecutive DNP-CD's. The first, ticked Hamilton off. Teammate Tayshaun Prince called it "buffoonery." The second? Hamilton almost seemed resigned to the fact his time in Detroit may be done.

He told the Detroit Free Press when asked if he's played his last game for the Pistons, "I don't know. I really don't know. The way it's been going, I don't think so. But you never know. I just say it's one of those things where I stay ready."

That's not to say Hamilton doesn't want to be playing. The Pistons, well, stink, and Hamilton is one of their better players. "Do I want to play? Yeah. Do I want to be on the floor competing? Yes. Am I doing that right now? No," Hamilton said. "So I want to play. I want to get out on the floor. I want to be able to get the opportunity to do what I love to do, and that's play basketball."

While the benching appears to have everything to do with the potential trade, Hamilton is almost taking it as a legit benching. Which why shouldn't he? He's been sat down and he's one of the team's best players. Nobody else involved in the trade talks has been benched, so Hamilton probably doesni't see why he is.

As good a player as Hamilton is, he's clearly on the way down. He's averaging a career-low 13.2 points per game on a career-low 41 percent shooting. His contract has been something the Pistons have wanted to get off the books for a while and with his skills obviously declining, maybe coach John Kuester is just trying something new with a struggling team.

Then again, maybe it has everything to do with Melo.

You'd think Kuester and general manager Joe Dumars would let Hamilton know what's going on though. He was a key part of the 2004 chamionship team and has spent 12 years in Detroit. You'd think he was at least owed an explanation instead of just a silent benching. Maybe that would at least help him understand, either way. If this is about Melo, fine. If it's because he's not played well, fine too. But at least he'd know. And so would his teammates.
Comments

Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Hamilton sits again; is he done in Detroit?

youre a loser birdyfromflint!



Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2011 10:39 am
 

Hamilton sits again; is he done in Detroit?

Suntandaman,

I've been a season ticket holder for 10 years.  Trust me..  Rip has complained about plenty.  He has flat out quit at times over the last 2 years.  Don't be fooled..



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 10:21 am
 

Hamilton sits again; is he done in Detroit?

Dan Gilbert was mad his "slave" got away in terms of LeBron.  It's sad that in 2011, in America, we still have so many idiots who live here.  So many people who can't get past black and white.  These idiots truly hold the rest of the country back...and luckily for us sports have been one of the most progressive dynamics in American culture.  We had black athletes in America before segregation was deemed illegal. 

People like Dan Gilbert need to be removed from high ranking positions in American sports.  It's bad enough that this loser has ripped off hard working Americans for years with sub-prime/junk loans...the fact he owns a professional sports team is a tragedy.



Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2011 10:20 am
 

Hamilton sits again; is he done in Detroit?

As I totally agree with some of the things you posted I disagree with one of them.  RIP has complained and has cried on numerous occasions when it  comes  to him coming off the bench.  I have went to many games the last few years and is easy to see lack of motivation, hustle, and heart.  RIP has showed all of these.  He doesn't play D anymore, he has been thrown out of a few games earlier in the year, he just does not  want to be a Piston anymore.  I agree this could  be handled better but RIP has shown no heart or effort the last couple  of  years.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 8:36 am
 

Hamilton sits again; is he done in Detroit?

Lucky for Hamilton that ownership has made the decision to trade him and he hasn't asked to be traded or made "The Decision". It's always amusing to me that when ownership says it time to go whether it's a $10.00 an hour job or a pro athlete, you're required to give notice, but when you're laid off, fired or in this case, traded from place that you and your family have been living for over 10 years, it can happen overnight. It's just a business decision. But if players do the same thing, they are villified in the media. Smell the hypocrisy



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2011 7:49 am
 

Hamilton sits again; is he done in Detroit?

This is RIP's 9th year in Detroit and 12th in the NBA. 



Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2011 7:21 am
 

Hamilton sits again; is he done in Detroit?

This is totally absurd!!!! RIP has been the face of the franchise for 12 years, he has never complained about anything and has never had any off court issues. He was instrumental in their 2004 championship and was been one of the better two guards in the league. Show the man the respect he deserves and let him know what is up. He is a great competitor and an even better person off the court. Detroit has been in a free fall since they traded Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson (great move Joe D)!!! They have gone thru coaches like we use toilet paper...totally ridiculous and no stability!! Jon kuesters is an idiot who is the worst coach they have had (Larry Brown, Rick Carlise, Michael Curry, Flip Saunders) and he is still there coaching. He obviously doesn't have the experience or common sense to let RIP know what is up!!!!



Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2011 7:21 am
 

Hamilton sits again; is he done in Detroit?

This is totally absurd!!!! RIP has been the face of the franchise for 12 years, he has never complained about anything and has never had any off court issues. He was instrumental in their 2004 championship and was been one of the better two guards in the league. Show the man the respect he deserves and let him know what is up. He is a great competitor and an even better person off the court. Detroit has been in a free fall since they traded Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson (great move Joe D)!!! They have gone thru coaches like we use toilet paper...totally ridiculous and no stability!! Jon kuesters is an idiot who is the worst coach they have had (Larry Brown, Rick Carlise, Michael Curry, Flip Saunders) and he is still there coaching. He obviously doesn't have the experience or common sense to let RIP know what is up!!!!



Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2011 7:03 am
 

Hamilton sits again; is he done in Detroit?

well said!



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2011 6:46 am
 

Hamilton sits again; is he done in Detroit?

Lifelong Pistons-fan, it wasn't Ginobili that was left it was that chickensh*t sniper Horry, and I still remember screaming when that happened. Joe has to go... 


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