Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  36 responses

Rip Hamilton Doesn’t Know Why He Didn’t Play

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

It’s been an awful year for the Detroit Pistons. They’re 14 games under .500, the players and the coach have feuded publicly and the team’s biggest stars are on the trade block.

For Richard Hamilton, things have been especially difficult, and last night, he did not play a single minute against the Grizzlies in a loss at home.

Head coach John Kuester claims there’s nothing abnormal about what took place — because, y’know, guys who are the most recognizable players on an NBA team get benched all time — but Rip isn’t convinced.

The Free Press reports:

“I came to the game tonight with my same routine that I was going to play,” he said. “Ain’t nobody warn me, tell me anything. I just came out ready to play the game. I was definitely surprised, you know? Do I think it was a level of disrespect or unfair or anything like that? I’ll leave that to ya’ll, you know?”

Hamilton admitted it was tough to be in the situation he was in. “When you’re not playing, it’s like, what did I do?” Hamilton said. “I can’t control my playing time. I can’t control what happens. The only thing I can do is continue to do what I do, and that’s try to get myself, ready to play basketball.” Hamilton said if he wanted to play Wednesday, he couldn’t control that.

“I was always happy here,” Hamilton said. “My thing was just I wanted to play basketball.”

Hamilton’s teammate Tayshaun Prince had the best reaction to the DNP-CD, as he characterized the move as “buffoonery”.

Hamilton has been accused this season of quitting on the team, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that his days in Motown are numbered.

If the team is determined to trade him away, which they certainly appear to be, wouldn’t it make more sense to showcase him instead of gluing him to the bench?

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    ‘Cause you’re about to be moved, Rip.

  • rob stewart

    Don’t want him to get injured and would rather give the young guys time. Makes perfect sense

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Pleas give this dude the Nets jersey already…I’ve loved his career in Detroit. He’s meant alot to Detroit basketball over the years, but it’s time to move him. I hope the trade with the Nets goes down and he has plenty of success there. A Billups, Hamilton, Melo, Humphries(?), Lopez Starting 5 would be competitive in the East…not great, but competitive. RIP still has plenty of game left, but Que is just clueless out there. RIP needs a PG feeding him the ball, he can’t create for himself.

  • ryan

    I hate the way this is going down. I was strongly against signing Ben Gordon who at his best isn’t as good as Richard Hamilton has been when allowed to play his game this year. If we hadn’t wasted so much money on Gordon we’d still have Arron Afflalo and Richard Hamilton as our two guards and we’d be better off. Also Detroit wouldn’t be disgracing the man who’s carried them for 8 years.

  • Ston

    If he and prince didn’t do anything wrong, why is Detroit sitting on 12 wins and 26 losses?

    Where have their wins come from? Charlotte, GS, LAC, Was, Mil,

    They’ve had 3 quality wins, ATL, Bos, and NO. KG went down in that game, and they wouldn’t have won otherwise.

    You look at what they’ve done this year, they’ve played really good first halves, then they just come out lethargic after the half. Who’s fault is that, when the other team is sparking in the third and Detroit is making stops?

    I’m not putting it all on Rip or Tay, but those are supposed to be the vets, the floor generals, and they act like it’s a crime that Detroit is losing games.

    Hey tards, it’s no longer 2004, you can’t coast in the third anymore and come back and win. You have to play the entire game!

    Get rid of both of them, they both quit on this team. They scoring? Yeah. Does the offense look like crap? Yeah.

  • tavoris

    this is all Iverson’s fault.

  • michael

    rip and tay need rid of detroit asap…what a mess dumars has turned that franchise into. villanueva and gordon…jesus h christ..

  • add

    man the 03 04 pistons were one of my favorite teams ever with big ben, sheed, rip, billups and prince (a great defensive team). it sad to see what the teams been reduced to.

  • http://akflf.com Jukai

    No, Tavoris. It’s TMac’s fault.

  • Joey

    They need to do this richard hamilton trade and get the cap space there talking about.Then next season go out nd sign zack randolph cause clearly he can play,he tore detroit up last night……..o nd get a different coach

  • Joey

    Tmacs fault???there’s no way that’s true man he puts up decent numbers everynight

  • tavoris

    @Jukai-it’s T-Mac’s turn now?

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    When will the “experts” start admitting that Dumars is a horrible GM. He passed on Melo, drafted Darko, traded billups, gave two of the worst contracts ever and ruined one of the NBA’s best franchises.

  • T-Money

    I’m not even going to go in on Coach here. Rip has been absolutely dogging it this year. Even picking up Ts to get the eff out of a game. It’s crazy to think that the Detroit teams were known for their professionalism but Rip, Tany, Big Ben and Sheed have all been whiny a– lil b-tches lately.

  • benno

    No way is it t-macs faulty – go back to china jukai

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    He’s the same GM that built the Pistons into a championship team and Eastern conference contender year in and year out. Unfortunately they stopped contending and he tried to make some moves to get things jump started and they haven’t panned out. i wouldn’t call him a horrible GM, but I do think its time the Pistons went in another direction.

  • tavoris

    BENNO-Jukai was being piggybacking off my sarcasm. We know T-Mac isn’t the reason for the Piston’s lack of professionalism over the last couple of years.

  • http://akflf.com Jukai

    hahaha go back to China? What?

  • http://slamonline.com riggs

    tay has been a b*tch this year? what??

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Of course its tmacs fault. …….. Go back to china, jukai!

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    dfrance is right

  • http://www.double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Rip, you aren’t playing because you insist on still rocking that bum ass mask even though you aren’t hurt anymore.

  • Michael

    cosign eboy. Also Tmac is better then you rip, even with no legs.

  • D-Block

    I know he’s get up there in age, but I never thought that Detroit would give my man Rip the “Starbury treatment”. Hope this doesn’t drag out for too long, assuming they’re looking to move Rip. I love his game; the dude just wants to ball. Sad to see an Eastern conference power in Detroit go out like this…(I know they’ve been bad ever since trading Chauncey but still)

  • ClydeSays

    That team is a real mess now…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Thier jerseys are turning teal before out very eyes…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    out = our

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    obviously TMac’s fault as usual

  • http://slamonline birdman

    I love the little ritual he does before each free throw, it is adorable.. So darn cute.

  • http://slamonline birdman

    Hi Wayno, can I be the Garth in your Wayno’s World?

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Shout out to Deron Sheffer.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Rip Hamilton Doesn’t Know Why He Didn’t Play, Because He Doesn’t Realize He Has Been Overrated For Years. Now You SUCK!!!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Jukai – come back here….to China

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2010/08/video-michael-jordans-love-of-the-game/ notblack

    The real reson other then then he blows and rob stewarts is that they want to see how the team functions without him. And i thought you guys wer smrt

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    ^What did this person just say?


    Dick’s contract is a future poison pill.