Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  18 responses

Rip Hamilton’s Strange Journey in Detroit Continues

On Saturday night, Hamilton was caught off-guard when head coach John Kuester played him for the first time in 13 games. The Detroit News thinks GM Joe Dumars had a big hand in Rip seeing the court as a Piston again: “No one is speaking publicly, and Pistons coach John Kuester failed to praise Hamilton in the same manner he does Tracy McGrady, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace … In Hamilton’s case, Kuester seemed downright dry after the game, even though Hamilton’s 15 points helped the Pistons to their sixth road win of the season. It seemed like a situation that was out of the coach’s hands. ‘He did a nice job,’ Kuester said. ‘We were down a player with (Rodney) Stuckey out. He made some shots.’ … It’s possible Pistons president Joe Dumars stepped in to intervene, especially after Ben Wallace’s pointed statements after Friday night’s win over the Nets about Hamilton’s treatment … Dumars usually lets his coaches and players handle their own conflicts, preferring not to step in. But Dumars spoke to Fox Sports Detroit’s Eli Zaret before Saturday’s game, saying he hopes Hamilton and Kuester work things out. He also said the coaching staff has tried to get Hamilton back into the playing rotation before Saturday, and he resisted. Even though Hamilton has been on the trading block, Dumars told Zaret the Pistons have no plans to trade their all-time leading playoff scorer. And with the ownership situation still unsettled, Hamilton won’t be bought out.”

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  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    who cares

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot


  • ErnieD

    If healthy… I could see Rip playing for the C’s. I would give them Avery Bradley, which is more than anyone else would do. If they threw in Ben Wallace, Boston would give up Luke Harangody as well. That way, the worry about Jermaine (and Shaquille) O’Neil coming back would be eased, and the issue of both Delonte West and Marquis Daniels dealing with injuries as well could be less of an issue. Players should play, and if Rip still has game… someone will make a deal for him in time for the playoffs.

  • Riggs


  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Rip isn’t going to want to play for Detroit anymore after they gave him the cold shoulder like this. Trade him and let him start fresh somewhere else.

  • memyselfand9

    damn shame what happened in the D.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    What a mess.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Rip, 12 years from now, you will have made 3 all-star teams and you will have a ring from the Pistons. But you will be stuck on the bench not playing while the NBA may have a lockout! it’s gonna be awesome. Don’t believe me? You’ll see.

  • 6marjons

    free the pistons circa 2004

  • http://hibachisabas.blogspot.com/ Toni Kukoc


  • http://jayemmbee23.tumblr.com Clutch Performer

    @Nicolas I see what you did there lol
    lol too soon

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i loved that 2004 pistons. simply an efficient machine. now all the parts are broken. sigh.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Dumas has been pretty terrible at building the Pistons’ roster post-Chauncey Billups. That team revolved around Chauncey. Now the best thing for him to do is trade Hamilton (it’s only fair to Rip…) for a post presence. Then Kuester can start some combination of T-Mac and Gordon or T-Mac and Stuckey, and they can FINALLY get ample minutes.

  • sanman

    Detroit ripped Rip, I think it’s R.I.P for Rip playing for Pistons.

  • Epic Win

    It’s so coooooooooooooolllllllllllld in the D!

    That was a funny youtube video.

    That chick was singing/rapping her heart out.

  • add

    Kuester a horrible coach. i think he may be schizophrenic…

  • coachtdc

    Get rid of Kuester

  • Charles