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Rip Hamilton back in Detroit… but as a Bull. That’s weird.

Jan 4, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

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I’m still not used to it.

Richard Hamilton is a Chicago Bull now and — when healthy and in the lineup — a key part of the diversification of the Chicago offense. He’s fitting in well.

But it still seems a little weird to see the facemask and headband with a Bulls uniform, not a Pistons one. And if it feels that way to me, imagine how he feels? He spoke with about it.

“I’ll have mixed emotions,” he said. “That team was special. The fans were excellent. I’m going to enjoy it. I just don’t know how I’m going to act. When I get to the arena, I’m sure it will be emotional.”

How do you think the Pistons feel? The Detroit News asked them.

“It’s gonna be weird,” (Ben Wallace) said. “Anytime you see a guy move on that I feel like he was not only a good teammate, he was one of my brothers. I’m glad he’s happy.”

Tayshaun Prince, the lone holdover from the 2004 title team (Wallace left and came back), is more at ease with the idea.

“It won’t be hard, I’ve had the situation with Chauncey, with Ben, with ‘Sheed,” Prince said. “It wasn’t something I planned on seeing.”

Hamilton was not happy the past couple years in Detroit and feuding with then coach John Kuester didn’t help. Don’t expect that to be the lasting memory of Piston fans, however, who will welcome Rip back with a massive ovation.

However, that may be while he is on the bench. Hamilton is a game-time decision due to a pulled groin.

  1. glink123 - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Not a good sign, when a minor groin pull causes your big acquisition to miss a full week (and counting). MJ wouldn’t miss 3+ games over a groin pull. Zero chance.

    • brooklynbulls - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:39 PM

      A soon to be 34 year old marathon player in a condensed season that holds high excpectations? I’d rather he be cautious and not risk further injury. Brewer has shown flashes of improvement but there’s no way he should be our starting 2 for any extended period of time if Rip goes down from rushing back. Nobody believes he’s Jordan, as long as Rose is the floor no one needs him to be.

      • comeonnowguys - Jan 5, 2012 at 9:25 AM

        Absolutely this. Barring a lengthy injury to Rose, they’re making the playoffs. They don’t need to play .800 ball just to burn out in the postseason.

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