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Rip Hamilton gets dreaded DNP-CD; teammates confused

Jan 13, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

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Rip Hamilton put on his jersey as he has done before 822 other NBA games — but for the first time he could remember never got the sweats off.

Pistons coach John Kuester never called Hamilton’s number. He had gone to a new starting lineup to try and bring a new energy, but Hamilton was not used as a sub. He got the DNP-CD in the box score (did not play – coach’s decision).

Hamilton told Booth Newspapers after the game it’s the first time he can remember that happening at any level (it’s not, he did sit the last game of the season three years ago).

“I came to the game with my same routine, that I was going to play,” Hamilton said. “Nobody warned me or told me anything. I just came out ready to play the game. I was definitely surprised. Do I think it was a level of disrespect or unfair or anything like that? I’ll leave that to y’all.”

Tayshaun Prince’s reaction to the benching? (Via the twitter of the Detroit News’ Vincent Goodwill)

“Buffoonery. Do you all know what that means?”

Piston players really have no problem smacking their coach publicly, do they? Take that note for what it’s worth.

Hamilton refused to take the bait after the game when asked about it, but you have to think that every time he hears his name in a trade rumor now he runs into a church and says a little prayer it comes true.

  1. ericreives - Jan 13, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Tayshaun really doesn’t like his coach. That much we do know. Hamilton is probably in agreement but won’t say it publicly. Buffoonery is just too funny.

  2. massivedick - Jan 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    at a boy tayshaun … dumars needs to step in before the coach losses the whole team … which has probably happend

  3. silverdeer - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    I applaud Tay for making the comment. However, he (Kuester) is still the coach and Tay needs to respect that the coach will get whacked from his job long before the player will. So making these comments public is probably not the best thing. He would be better off just letting the coach dig his own hole. With the way things stand at this point, if Gores purchases the team, I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes in, cleans house and brings in a whole new coaching and front office staff.

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