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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  8 responses

Pistons Fans Chanted for Benched Rip Hamilton

Detroit is keeping Rip glued to the bench to avoid a potential injury before he gets shipped out of town, but the paying customers want to see him out there. The Detroit News reports: “But so was the ‘We want Rip!’ chant from the fans at Monday’s holiday matinee game. It wasn’t particularly loud, and since it didn’t come until there were 2.8 seconds left in the first quarter, it’s hardly what you’d call a groundswell. But such is the level of fan apathy with this Pistons team at the moment: Most of them are too bored to be angry right now, though I suppose the fact that this was “Kids’ Day” helped soften the message Monday. And Hamilton? Yeah, he looks and sounds as bored as ever, a three-time All-Star sitting on the bench, waiting for a three-team, 15-player trade that’s stuck in limbo. He’s neither gone, nor forgotten, try as everyone might on both counts. ‘It’s something they wanted to go with,’ Hamilton said Monday, after he’d earned a ‘DNP – Coach’s Decision’ for the fourth consecutive game. ‘It’s out of my control. I’m just here. I show up. And I do what I’ve been doing for the last nine years, and that’s coming out and being professional and trying to help my teammates.’ That’s his version of this sad comedy, at least. It ignores the obvious insubordination we all witnessed earlier this season, and everything — from the backbiting to the ‘buffoonery,’ as Tayshaun Prince so accurately put it last week — that has gone on with this passive-aggressive bunch the last few months. But really, all that’s irrelevant now, because it’s obvious that Kuester is done playing Rip, and vice versa. There are no games left to be played here, clearly, and everyone’s ready to move on, just as soon as that Russian billionaire can convince Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets to play along with this blockbuster deal they’ve hatched.”

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  • http://gmail dirty frank

    I was chanting too but you didn’t hear me ’cause I’m in Canada.

  • http://slamonline.com riggs

    he might get shipped out but he’s not going to denver.

  • Scott Carter

    He’s going to New Jersey. I’d be shocked if he wasn’t in a Net uni by this time next week.

  • kwam

    this is all a sick joke

  • snasty10

    as a stones fan i appreciate everything rip has done for the organization, but he doesnt fit in here anymore and needs to be traded some where so he can contribute more then what he is doing now.

  • snasty10

    as a stones fan i appreciate everything rip has done for the organization, but he doesnt fit in here anymore and needs to be traded some where so he can contribute more then what he is doing now. I feel like this is turning into a messy breakup

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Was wondering why he hasen’t been getting playing time. Seems the rest of the team doesn’t “fit in” and Pistons had the most success with Rip and Prince getting the bulk of the minutes. Plus at least he’s considerate enough to not spread his cold by wearing a sneeze guard on his face..

  • barnabusb

    What snasty10 said. It’s time for the old guys to hit the road and make way for the new generation so they can actually develop for a change. Rip needs to go and Tay should be next. Ben Wallace can stick around as a mentor.

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