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Brandon Knight pushing out Rip Hamilton?

Lookin' good, Stern

When the Detroit Pistons took Brandon Knight with the eighth overall pick instead of reaching for a big man, they put themselves in a precarious position that they didn’t necessarily foresee before the draft began. With the addition of Knight to their already deep stable of guards featuring Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum, Ben Gordon and Rip Hamilton, the question of back court minutes immediately became a hot topic of conversation in the Motor City. Of those players, it seems like the one least likely to stay is the veteran, Hamilton.

Joe Dumars has begun shopping the Piston’s all-time leading playoff scorer around in an interest to promote a younger, fresher look for a Pistons team looking to build up a new team of stars to lead them back to the prominence they experienced in the last decade. Dumars is in love with Knight’s fearless attitude, humble demeanor and quick mind. That he’s a great shooter with a desire to succeed at the point guard position is just icing on the cake. Dumars will look to Knight to be accountable on the court and become the young face of the new look Pistons.

Nothing will be official until the lockout is over, but Hamilton won’t be around for long with Knight now in the fold. Hamilton is an energy guy who is a proven winner, so it’s unfortunate that Knight, most likely, won’t be able to learn from him in his first season as a pro, but to have the confidence of the Pistons ownership is a great sign for Knight as he begins his professional career.

The pairing of Knight and Greg Monroe is a great start for a team that could be very good in a few years.

Article written by Matthew Hays

11 Comments for Brandon Knight pushing out Rip Hamilton?

  1. RadioRon
    8:09 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    Good Luck with that….Knight Rider !!!

    8:26 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    oh well, gonna suck anyway

  3. lol
    9:17 pm July 2, 2011 Permalink

    RIP Rip

  4. bigbill992001
    3:07 am July 3, 2011 Permalink

    Can’t say that I agree with your analysis there, Matt. Rip is not a PG and BK won’t be pushing him for minutes. However, Rip ain’t getting any younger and no doubt the Pistons would like to move him and his contract.

  5. manu1433
    4:25 am July 3, 2011 Permalink

    pushing out rip hamilton? what a dumb name for a title of a post…very misleading my man…first of all rip is a 2 guard second of all he was more than vocal about wanting to be traded last year…very dumb article

  6. Tito Santana
    10:26 am July 3, 2011 Permalink

    No link?

  7. Freethrow
    12:32 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    Hard for any player to push Rip out. Though not dominate, Rip has always been special. He will walk away when “he” is ready to do so. I do hope he is there long enough for Knight to learn a great deal from him though.

  8. Lori M
    12:47 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    Pistons began shopping Hamilton during the 2009-10 season.

  9. Lex07
    5:57 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    Brandon Knight is not pushing out Rip Hamilton. Why are you writing stuff you know nothing about?

  10. fooo's
    1:03 am July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Uh, Rip has been trying to push himself out for quite some time now. Knight has nothing to do with this. The Rip thing has been going on for about 2 years now.

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    6:23 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink