Feb 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Richard Hamilton (32) drives on Charlotte Bobcats point guard Ramon Sessions (7) during the second half at Time Warner Arena. Mandatory Credit: Curtis Wilson-USA TODAY Sports

Real NBA Teams Reportedly Are Interested in Richard Hamilton, For Some Reason


We’re well into the NBA’s August-September “dead zone” at this point. Training camp won’t start for a little less than a month and the start of the regular season still is almost two months away. In fact, things are so dead that we’ve reached the point where Richard Hamilton’s name has become relevant again. To wit:

We’re going to leave the Houston Rockets aside for a moment as I don’t find their presence in that report nearly as hilarious as the New York Knicks. In what apparently is an effort to assemble the oldest, most fragile team in history, they may sign Rip Hamilton. Rip Hamilton.

Excuse me for a moment.

(Uncontrollable laughter.)

(Still laughing.)

OK, we’re back. Sorry about that. It’s just that Rip Hamilton went from “kind of OK when he isn’t hurt” for 2011-12 and the beginning of last year to  “bad enough that he barely got minutes down the stretch and in the playoffs, even when seemingly half the Chicago Bulls’ roster was hurt.” So there’s that.

All I ask is that if the Knicks really do sign Rip, they throw out a Pablo Prigioni/Rip/Metta World Peace/Kenyon Martin/Amar’e Stoudemire lineup just so I can laugh at all the old/injured people on the floor. Is that too much to ask?

As to the Rockets, I’m kind of unclear on why they would be interested. They want shooting on the perimeter and Rip really can’t shoot anymore. So…you know.

Anyway, if somebody signs Rip, be assured the words “veteran leadership” and “championship experience” will come up in the aftermath. Gotta love the NBA.

Tags: Chicago Bulls Houston Rockets NBA NBA Free Agency New York Knicks Rip Hamilton

  • Louis Bellina

    I like how you said Pablo/Rip/Metta/Kenyon/Stoudemire lineup. but the funny thing is u didn’t mention our best players. Felton/Carmelo/JR/Bargnani/Chandler lineup. Then we have Iman Shumpert, Beno Udrih, and Tim Hardaway Jr.. I don’t think that lineup u said will be out here often, we also have young athletic players like Jeremy Tyler and CJ Leslie. That’s a deep team combined with stars/youngster/vets. We have scorers like Melo, JR, and Stoudemire, defenders like Shump/Metta/K-Mart/Tyson, and good players like Beno Udrih/Andrea Bargnani/Felton/Rip

    • Kevin Woods

      LOL!!!!!……..he posted that line-up as a joke!!!! But then, most of the Knicks’ line-up is a joke, so I can see where you didn’t get the humor…..
      BTW……you posted a total of 15 players. Since only 12 can suit up, I assumed you took the IR crew into account.
      How much you wanna bet the Rip/Martin/Stoudimire will log the most IR days??? (LOLOL)