The old last champion team from Detroit, the team that defied the odds and beat the LA Lakers without any superstars, are marching slowly into retirement. Rasheed Wallace is already an assistant coach. Ben Wallace has retired. The trio of Rip Hamilton, Chauncey Billups and Tayshaun Prince are on their last legs, and now Rip has been waived, which may signal his retirement. All eras must come to an end, and these Pistons may leave the legacy that the game is played on the court, not on paper. Something to take to heart the next time you face Conspiracy teams like Miami.
The Bulls announced Wednesday the release of guard Richard “Rip” Hamilton.
Hamilton, 35, averaged 9.8 points and 2.4 assists in 50 appearances for the Bulls last season, seeing action in just four of Chicago’s 12 playoff games. His contract for the 2013-14 season would have paid him $5 million, but it was only partially guaranteed for $1 million if he was waived by Wednesday. His release was widely anticipated.
The veteran guard initially joined the Bulls on a three-year deal worth $15 million signed in Dec. 2011. Hamilton battled injuries throughout his two seasons in Chicago, playing in just 78 of a possible 148 regular season games. The No. 7 pick in the 1999 NBA draft and a three-time All-Star, Hamilton spent time with the Wizards and Pistons before joining the Bulls. He was a member of the 2004 title-winning Pistons team.