Tuesday, March 01, 2011
This, uh, years (I guess) Middle Finger goes to the "Black Musshel" himself, Rip Hamilton.
So earlier this winter, the Pistons decide that they will try to trade the ridiculous contract that they gave Hamilton a few years ago. It was mind-numbingly stupid at the time and even worse now that he can't play anymore. Instead of playing him 25-30 minutes a night and allowing the rest of the league to see how much he sucks, Kuester just went ahead and benched him. Made sense to me. They could hide behind the excuse of keeping his old ass healthy or something but really use it as a mirage to hide his shittiness in hoping that some stupid team like the T-Wolves or the Clippers takes the bait. But no one did. And Rip became a malcontent. And then a month or so ago, it has recently leaked that Hamilton screamed at his head coach in the locker room in a way that people have said that it was the worst dressing down that they'd ever heard. Professionalism at it's finest, folks! Words? At least Spree had the balls to choke his coach.
On Friday, while some reports are conveniently conflicting, Hamilton led a mutiny against Kuester in which 6-7 guys failed to show up to morning shootaround. Other than Ben Wallace, I don't really buy any of the other bullshit excuses that the players made for missing. Rip, though, did not even bother with an excuse. He just straight up was insubordinate to the organization in one of the most pathetic coup d'etat's ever. What was this going to accomplish exactly? What was his goal here? Did he want to come off like an even bigger asshole and baby? Was he trying to get traded? Was he willing to do whatever it took to get out of Detroit? Sounds like it to me...BUT WAIT!
Later on this weekend, it was revealed that the Pistons agreed to trade this bum to none other than the Cavs! The Cavs have their big trade exception from the Heat debacle (where they can acquire anyone up to 14.5 million for free somehow), would buy him out at something like 80% of what he's owed, the Pistons would give us a protected 2012 first rounder (pretty good haul), and everyone would walk away happy. But what's this? HAMILTON SAID NO! He would not agree to the buyout which would have made him a free agent which would have put him on a contender (the Bulls/Knicks/Celtics) which would have given him a fresh start which would have given him one more shot to win a title. And he turned it down for reasons that no sane person will ever understand. Either he is beyond greedy and wants every penny that he's owed, he knows that he can't play anymore, or maybe both. It's probably both.
Either way, this guy is an asshole. Fuck you, Rip Hamilton, your bitch shenanigans have not gone unnoticed here. While I would love to see you waste away on the Pistons bench with your stupid headgear for two more years laughing at T-Mac fart jokes, the idea of you being "EXPORTED FROM DETROIT" makes me giddy. So have fun with your well-deserved Middle Finger this week, Richie. For as horrible as my Cavs are this year (and they are), at least I rarely question their effort. And that's more than I can say for the veterans on this Pistons team.
Enjoy running the baseline in the Turkish League, douche lord.