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The Rip Hamilton situation in Detroit probably could get uglier, but we’re not sure how

Jan 23, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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Could be worse. I mean, Rip Hamilton could be lighting stuff on fire. Or Sheed could still be around. Or … yeah, that’s pretty much it.

From the Detroit Free Press:

But here is what we do know. Kuester said he “made overtures” and “reached out” to Hamilton. Hamilton said he did not meet with Kuester. If both are telling the truth — and I have no reason to think that anyone is lying — that means Kuester made an attempt to speak with Hamilton, but the two did not speak.

Which seems to clear things up a little bit. No?

via Pistons’ John Kuester: ‘We’ve reached out’ to Rip; Richard Hamilton says he did not meet with coach |

Basically, Kuester was asked if he’s met with Hamilton, said he’d “reached out.” They asked Rip if they’d met, Rip said no. No one knew to ask Rip if Kuester had reached out. Basically the lines of communication are an abject disaster right now.

What’s incredible is this issue should have been resolved a year and a half ago. When the Pistons decided to commit that money to Ben Gordon, they should have moved Hamilton when he still had value for young assets or at least some cap space. After last season’s disaster, they certainly should have moved him on draft day for something, anything really.

The fans are still chanting “We want Rip!” and the coaches still aren’t obliging them. Let’s be clear. The problem here is Kuester. If he can’t make it work with Hamilton, who has been a part of the organization for over a half-decade, he should have told Joe Dumars to move him, immediately. If there really are no trade partners for Dumars, he should have begun working on a buyout months ago. Maybe he has and Hamilton wants his money. But the way this has been handled isn’t just unfortunate, it’s an abject embarrassment.

Something’s got to give here, and soon. But then, we’ve been saying that for a while.


  1. kindasporty - Jan 23, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    The only way it could get worse is if Hamilton started making public demands. I could be wrong but I don’t see that happening. I think what speaks volumes about Kuester is the fact that it is the two veterans who have solid reputations as being team players who seem to be giving Kuester the most problems. We’re not talking about Allen Iverson here. Prince and Hamilton are the two guys who are most likely to take the young guys under their wings and show them how to be leaders. You can bench Hamilton if you want but you make sure that you fully explain yourself to him the moment you do. Not only out of respect, but so you don’t lose the team. All I can say is that I can’t wait until the team finally gets sold so they can start getting out of this mess.

  2. gqrlh - Jan 24, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    Rip has played some wonderful basketball for Detroit. He use to remind me of Reggie Miller. Hope he finds a new home, so he can get back to playing basketball like I know he can.

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