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Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton
Position: None
Born: 02/14/78
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:192 lbs. / 87.5 kg.
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No date has been set, but Hamilton will be the next Piston from the 2004 NBA title team to have his jersey retired, a person with firsthand knowledge of the organization’s thinking told the Free Press on Wednesday night. It’s probably too late this season to plan such an event, but it’s quite apparent the bridges Hamilton burned when he was paid not to play for the Pistons after the NBA labor lockout in 2011 have been repaired. Billups campaigned for it. “Rip has to be next,” Billups said during a news conference before the game. “I would love for him to be next week, next month. Rip Hamilton holds so many records here. He had a long run here. He did a lot of great things in the community here. I’m looking forward to that day.”
Besides, Hamilton said he has the only honor that matters — a championship banner that hangs in the Palace. “My jersey is up there,” he said. “That’s from winning that championship. That banner. That’s what we played for. As a kid, you grow up, watching the NBA, you grow to say, ‘You know what? I want to win a championship.’ “You don’t grow up saying, ‘You know what? I want my jersey retired,’ because it’s so far-fetched. And winning a championship is so far-fetched. But when you can win something like that, with a group of guys, that’s a special feeling.”
In less than 24 hours, Kobe Bryant will start feeling something unpleasant that does not involve his health. When the Lakers (3-16) play the Detroit Pistons (11-9) on Sunday at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Bryant will feel frustration regarding the Lakers losing to the Pistons in five games of the 2004 NBA Finals. “It still eats at me. Absolutely does,” Bryant said. “I’m upset that I gave Richard Hamilton something to brag about. Up until that point, he never beat me. That just kills me.”