Richard ‘Rip’ Hamilton announced his retirement today (2/26/15) from the NBA after a memorable career that spanned 14 seasons. Hamilton, who won an NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004, averaged 17.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game over his career.
Hamilton last played with the Chicago Bulls in 2013; where he was subsequently waived, after the Bulls were defeated by Miami in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals. Hamilton took leave from the NBA in the 2013/2014 season, to spend time with his family. Hamilton, who was notorious for his off ball movement, played nine seasons with Detroit. It was widely considered that Hamilton; who turned 37 on the 14th February, would return to the NBA this season. The shooting guard announced the news on ESPN’s His & Hers.
Hamilton’s decision was forced after he sustained a foot injury whilst training. Hamilton stated during his announcement (courtesy of Detroitbadboys.com) “I played a lot of great basketball and I don’t want to be one of those guys that is just holding on.”