Hamilton playing for the Bulls.
|Born||February 14, 1978 |
|Listed height:||6 ft 7 in ( m)|
|Listed weight:||193 lbs ( kg)|
|High school|| Coatesville Area |
|NBA Draft||1999; Round: 1 / Pick: 7th|
|Selected by the Washington Wizards|
|Playing career||14 years (1999–2013)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Richard Clay Hamilton (born February 14, 1978) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for 14 seasons in the NBA. He was a three-time NBA All-Star and won a championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.
Hamilton was the 7th pick overall in the 1999 NBA draft and played for the Washington Wizards for his first three seasons as a professional. Hamilton, Hubert Davis and Bobby Simmons were then traded to the Detroit Pistons for Jerry Stackhouse, Brian Cardinal and Ratko Varda. Since the trade, Richard has become one of the NBA's top shooting guards, and helped the Pistons win the NBA Championship in 2004. Also, Hamilton was the leading scorer on the team.
After fracturing his nose three times in the 2003-04 NBA season, Hamilton began wearing a protective mask. He has continued to wear the mask since it has become a symbol of strength. Hamilton says, "It's like my Superman cape."
Hamilton is the only player in NBA history to lead his team in scoring in a game despite not making a single field goal. On January 6, 2005, Hamilton was 0-for-10 from the field, but hit 14-of-14 from the line to pace the Pistons in a 101-79 home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
He represented the Eastern Conference for the second time at the 2007 NBA All-Star Game. On February 17, 2008, Hamilton represented the Eastern Conference for the third consecutive season at the 2008 NBA All-Star Game. On February 6, Hamilton was selected to be a part of the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, held on February 16 during All Star Weekend in New Orleans. He was defeated, however, by defending champion Jason Kapono.
On November 3, 2008 Hamilton signed a three-year, $34 million contract extension with the Pistons. The first two years of the contract is guaranteed and the third is partially.
On February 7, 2009, Hamilton scored 38 points off the bench against the Milwaukee Bucks, the most by a Piston reserve in history.
On March 13, 2009, Hamilton posted a career high 16 assists in a 99-95 overtime win against the Toronto Raptors.
On February 26, 2017, the Detroit Pistons retired his No. 32 jersey.
- June 30, 1999: Drafted 7th overall by Washington Wizards in 1999 NBA Draft.
- September 11, 2002: Traded by Washington along with Hubert Davis and Bobby Simmons to the Detroit Pistons for Jerry Stackhouse, Brian Cardinal and Ratko Varda.
In the 2006-07 NBA season Hamilton appeared in the NBA Fundamentals series, hosted by TNT, where basketball players showcase certain aspects of the game. Hamilton explained the topic "movement without the ball" to shake off your defender. He was also a contestant on a recent episode of the game show series Wanna Bet?. He has also worked with many charities, including the Read to Achieve* program and reading books to children.
On October 31, 2007, Hamilton's girlfriend TJ Lottie gave birth to Richard Clay Hamilton II.
Early in the 2003-04 season, Hamilton suffered a fractured nose. His nose was fractured again in late February and he underwent nasal reconstructive surgery. The Pistons won the NBA championship that year and Hamilton now wears the mask as a sign of good luck.
In April 2009, he filed a suit against former personal assistant and business manager Josh Nochimson, claiming that Nochimson stole over $1 million dollars by unauthorized use of Hamilton's credit card from 2003 to 2008.
- Photo Gallery - Photos featuring Richard Hamilton
- Rip's Official Website
- 2006 Richard Hamilton interview
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