Richard Hamilton won a champion both at the college and the NBA level. He played in the Association for 14 seasons, earning three All-Star appearances in the process.
Affectionately known as “Rip,” the 38-year-old Hamilton has not set foot on a NBA court in three years.
That could very well change this upcoming season should the former wing prove to himself that he’s capable of making a comeback.
“I’m giving myself 30 days where I am really hitting the gym. I’m working on my game. I’m in the weight room, Hamilton said recently, via CBS Sports. “I’m running my two, three miles a day. And I’m trying to see if my body can hold up. If my body can hold up after these 30 days, I will be making a comeback.”
Hamilton last played in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls back in 2012-13, averaging 9.8 points while shooting 43 percent in 50 games (45 starts).
His best stretch in the Association came with the Detroit Pistons from 2002-2011 when he earned three All-Star trips and hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy. Hamilton averaged 18.4 points in nine seasons with the Pistons.
As it is, expectations should be muted here a bit. Hamilton is 38 years old and three years removed from seeing the hardwood.
Any comeback likely wouldn’t end up in him being much more than a deep bench option, especially if he were to join a good team.