Piston to retire Rip Hamilton’s jersey

A fixture on the Detroit Pistons teams of the 2000’s, Richard ‘Rip’ Hamilton will have his jersey retired in February.

Hamilton wore #32 for the Pistons and along with teammates Ben Wallace, Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace, and Tayshaun Prince formed one of the most dominant Pistons teams in history. The three-time NBA All Star was a fixture on the Detroit Pistons teams that not only reached six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals, but, also won the 2004 NBA Championship. Wallace and Billups had their jerseys retired recently at the Palace. On February 26, the enigmatic shooting guard originally from Pennsylvania will get his honor.

Hamilton was a NCAA Champion in 1999 with the UConn Huskies. Detroit acquired him in a trade with Washington in 2002. Over his 14 year NBA career, Hamilton scored 15,708 points, 2,852 rebounds, and 714 steals. He was often considered one of the best pure shooters in the league as well as a tireless worker and hustler.

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