Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at 1:20 pm  |  18 responses

Rip Hamilton Surprised He Was Asked to Play in Game 4 (VIDEO)

Until he became truly desperate, Tom Thibodeau had glued Richard Hamilton to the bench throughout these Playoffs (the veteran had seen a grand total of 10 minutes this entire postseason.) Improbably, Rip played and finished with 11 points in nearly 22 minutes last night, as the Miami Heat blew out the Chicago Bulls 88-65 in Game 4. Hamilton clearly wasn’t expecting to see any action, and took an eternity to get all of his accessories in order (even fouling LeBron James just to halt play.) Per the Chicago Sun-Times: “Asked why coach Tom Thibodeau had been ignoring him throughout, Hamilton was walking that fine line between biting his tongue and spouting off. ‘We definitely talked,’ Hamilton said of Thibodeau. ‘It’s hard to understand. One of the biggest things for me was [the playoffs] was the purpose I was brought here. When you don’t play it makes it hard, especially because I love these situations.’ Asked if the explanation given by Thibodeau was sufficient for him, Hamilton responded, ‘I’ll let you figure it out … Not be able to help my teammates has been rough, but I try to stay positive,’ Hamilton said. ‘Try not to rock the boat.’”

(H/T: The Basketball Jones)

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  • underdog

    At last.

  • anon

    You’re paid to be ready to play, Masked Diva. Whether that’s 2 minutes or 48, you should be ready.

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    Thibs told him he wont play and now you call him Diva, smh

  • http://www.facebook.com/braxton.hartnabrig.1 Braxton P Hartnabrig

    Rip will have several Jordan esque highlights over the next 2 games as the Bulls push this series to 7.

  • spit hot fiyah

    mf doom of the nba

  • pposse

    he called him Masked Diva

  • Zabbah

    and monkeys will fly out of my butt.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    It was comical watching him fidget with his uniform and all it’s paraphernalia in what seemed like forever.

  • SirGrey

    Ayoo. Pause that.

  • The Saviour

    Technically he’s paid to play, so why is there an issue with him moaning about wanting more minutes? he is passionate about ball, so you can’t whine about that.

  • The Saviour

    Just stop, you are annoying.

  • 23

    That’s what’s up !

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    mad homo

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    suprised hes still even on the team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1166932559 LaMont Davis

    Thibbs was wrong for sitting Rip..

  • I.Dont.Respond.2.Trolls

    What’s your problem? He didn’t say anything out of line. If anything YOU are annoying…