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Rip Hamilton's messed up situation

Posted on: February 26, 2011 5:36 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 3:26 am
The Pistons are imploding and at the center of it all is Rip Hamilton as reports continue to fly about the meltdown in Motor City. Yes, that is the best lede we could come up with.

Posted by Matt Moore

Following Ken Berger's report of the Pistons' decision to fine Chris Wilcox and Rip Hamilton, and not to fire John Kuester for the moment, we're starting to get a picture of a strangely torn and bizarre locker room, with Rip Hamilton at the center of it. Here's what we know, or at least, what we think we know. Bear with us, because at this point trying to figure out the Pistons is like spelunking in a sewer: 

  • Berger confirms a Yahoo! report that in January, Hamilton went on an "explitive-filled diatribe" in front of the locker room, alleging Kuester had done nothing in his time in Detroit, and that he was nothing more than a career assistant coach. Now, Yahoo! makes a leap and says that the younger players were shocked by the tirade.  Except that Rodney Stuckey and Austin Daye probably fit in that model of young players and yet they were part of Hamilton's "cabal" or whatever you want to call it. In reality, it appears immensely more likely that the locker room was surprised at Hamilton going off, but agreed. 
  • If true, it certainly paints Hamilton in a clear light as the source of all this discontent. His tirade led to his benching, he's refused to communicate with his coach or GM, and now this boycott/protest/whatever it was. If Hamilton was offered an out and turned it down because of the $9 million.  Now, $9 million is a lot of money. But when you factor in the contract money he'd pull from another contender, the playoff revenue he'd pull in, and future earnings, the payoff may not make up the $9 million, but it makes it nearly negligible. It doesn't change the fact that the Pistons agreed to pay Hamilton the remaining $25 million when he signed the latest contract with them.  But it removes Hamilton's ground to stand on, since the Pistons have offered him a reasonable way out, especially considering their financial and ownership situation.  Instead, Hamilton seems to be waging a players' revolt against the organization to undermine the coach, regardless of whether ownership can afford to fire Kuester in this situation or not. 
  • Making it even more complicated is part of the ESPN report which claims that an earlier boycott was planned prior to All-Star weekend, but after management assurances Kuester would be fired over the weekend, they backed down. Until Friday. 

So now Hamilton is still trying to work a buyout, which Berger terms as "unlikely" while the Pistons are in complete disarray, the coaching staff has no control over its players, management can't make decisions because of an ownership situation in flux, and ownership can't get out fast enough, requesting an extension from the league to finally get the team passed to new ownership. 

Things are bad in Cleveland. They're bad in Sacramento. They're bad in New Orleans.

You could argue they're worse in Detroit. 


Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2011 7:34 pm

Rip Hamilton's messed up situation

Go Tigers! Go Red Wings! Go Lions!  To hell with the Pistons and the NBA... my team has somehow become the punch line of the joke that is today's NBA.  I've seen everything I need to see out of this so-called team, and now I guess I feel about the same way as they play, lathargic.  Thanks Pistons for all the memories in year's past, and going forward, good luck doint what you do.  It was a lot of fun while it lasted, time to get knee deep in some NCAA basketball.  I am officially protesting by not watching or caring about that team or league for the fore-seeable future.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2011 11:25 pm
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Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 8:52 pm

Rip Hamilton's messed up situation

Although Rip may not be taking the most diplomatic approach I think he is right. He has always been very professional and carried himself with dignity. The team has hung him out to dry and not given him the respect of telling him his role. He led this team to a title and has been an important part of the Pistons success. Now all the Detroit fans are bad mouthing Rip and calling him a baby and a one way player.

 Maybe he should have caused major problem, done drugs or punched out a coach years ago. Then he would be a true NBA player. All he asked for from the start was the respect of a face to face to tell him what his future is in Detroit.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 6:29 pm

Rip Hamilton's messed up situation

Rip is a cry baby.  He cries to the refs every game and causes nothing but drama off it.  I can't wait for this scrub to be gone.  Once this ownership change is done, DEETROIT BASKETBAAALL will be back–without hamilton.


Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 6:22 pm

Rip Hamilton's messed up situation

Rip is a F N baby, be a man you overpaid underacheiving athlete.  Not to mention a one way player who has never played defense a day in his career should be happy to be a 6th or 7th off the BENCH........ no team..I mean NO TEAM in the league wanted you at the trade deadline, except Cleveland lmao

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