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When the Pistons announced that Rip Hamilton was out Sunday afternoon with an “upset stomach” I immediately thought to myself…here we go again, he can’t handle the fact the Ben Gordon is starting so he’s faking an illness.

In fact, if you follow me on Twitter you would have noticed my Tweets claiming just that. I even discussed it with my media buddies covering the game and no one wanted to touch the subject, but they solidified my suspicions.

Here are my tweets from Vincent Goodwill the Detroit Pistons beat writer.

Then his answer:

Then this is today’s piece from Goodwill in the Detroit News.

Hamilton’s non-participation in Saturday’s practice, along with his upset stomach that caused him to miss Sunday’s game and complaints about his diminished role have led some in the organization to wonder if Hamilton has quit on the Pistons.

“He quit on us,” one team source said. Another team source said Hamilton is acting out of emotion and should adjust.

Hamilton’s been on the trading block for two years, and he would like a change of scenery.

And, on Sunday, just before a game against the New Orleans Hornets, Hamilton, who was replaced in the starting lineup over the weekend by Ben Gordon, told the team he had an upset stomach and could not play. After the game, a number of people associated with the team questioned his “upset stomach.”

Then there’s the Joe Dumars interview from 96.1 Grand Rapids:

“I haven’t spoken to Rip since. We had a day off today. I’ll see how Rip is doing tomorrow when he gets in here.

“But whatever issues I have to deal with, I don’t duck them. Whatever comes up, I deal with it. Rip has been good for me. I’ll see how he is when he comes in tomorrow, and if he and I need to sit down and have a long talk, we will.”

It’s not like we don’t know that Rip has been on the trading block, and he’s hard to move.  We also understand the Dumars doesn’t have free reign to make trades because of the ownership situation.  We do know that maybe, just maybe someone would take on his contract considering the fact the the Wizards moved the unmovable Gilbert Arenas and his gigantic contract.

What’s disturbing is the fact that this isn’t the first time Rip’s ego has gotten in the way of the teams well being.  The fact that acted like a child, and threw a tantrum because he wasn’t starting  just shows that he’s checked out.  It’s not like he’s making his case any better to other teams with that kind of attitude.  And he has no leg to stand on because he hasn’t been the same player since Chauncey was traded.

I’m over him, if all we got in exchange for Rip was some Chicken Nuggets and some home improvement coupons, I’m OK with it.

UPDATE:

Rip is hurt someone in the organization said he quit on the team – Check out the article over at MLive with audio from Chris Iott

Though this one started out looking like Boston was going to dominate the Pistons again on their home court, The Pistons made a game out of this one. Detroit never really had the game in hand, but they did have a chance to with in Friday night’s 86-78 loss to the Celtics.

Key Points:

  • My first bullet has to be about Kendrick Perkins’ mugging of Jason Maxiell after he pulled down a board. I know that Rip was called for a flagrant one on Perkins earlier in the game but that one was baby stuff compared to what Perkins did to Maxiell. Can’t stand the guy and his attitude and Detroit’s fan are not the only ones to scream dirty when it comes to Perk and the Celtics for that matter. I loved how Jason popped right up to defend himself, but why is it ok that Kevin Garnett gets away with shoving Maxiell after he was trying to defend himself? Take a look at the take down that I put up right here.
  • Really????? Are you serious Kendrick? “I was trying to foul him hard across the arm,” Perkins said. “He ducked and I got him around the neck.” Via The Detroit News

Kendrick Perkins mauls Jason Maxiell

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  • Remember me telling you about our guests Vladan and Martin from Austria? Well they were kind enough to uploaded a video for us of the crowds reaction when Perk got tossed….GET OUT! Gotta love it!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTathZH4G8I

  • “We played good in spurts,” Allen Iverson said. “But against a team that good, that experienced, a team that’s won a championship, that’s not good enough.” Via The Detroit News
  • Sheed put up 12 points with 6 boards, 2 steals and blocked shot. They may not be huge numbers but he was one of the reasons the Pistons kept themselves in the game. And that Block…led to the Rodney Stuckey dunk.

Rodney Stuckey Dunks of KG

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  • Fox Sports highlights of the game by quarter.
  • Amir Johnson started the game but played just 5 minutes. Dyess started the second half with the starters. I don’t have a problem with it at all today for the simple fact that Dyess and Maxiell were playing well but to pull the kid after a mistake and not put him back in the game again seems to be Curry’s game plan with everyone (that he can get away with it on).
  • Stuckey and AI each scored 19 points.
  • Some Afflalo and his D please? DNP Arron.
  • Rip scored 14 in 29 minutes, he sparked the Pistons early in the game. Nothing better than this buzzer beater off the high glass that hits.
  • No time for Kwame or Walter, but I don’t really see the point in complaining. Kwame eats up fouls and boards when he can and if you don’t want to put Walter in simply for the Suave…then it’s just a crime.
  • 5th straight loss to the Celtics.
  • The Pistons never led.
  • 34 paint points for each team.
  • Drew Sharp still think it’s over “Grab a shovel and bury this season. They’ll still win their share of games, but this isn’t a confident team. They’ll still have their singular moments of brilliance, but the consistency required for long playoff runs isn’t there.”
  • Board war lost 44-36.
  • Too many easy buckets for KG and the rest of the Celtics for that matter.
  • The defense looked good but to beat a team like Boston it needs to be much better.
  • From Vladan and Martin, who enjoyed not only their first Pistons game in person but their first LIVE NBA game. “Hamilton was awesome and he got the loudest cheers – when he entered the game for the first time, the people went crazy. The ‘Sheeeeeeeeeed’ chant is also way better. :) Loved it. Two things I wanted to do today was being part of the ‘Sheeeeeeeeeeeed’ chant and screaming ‘Deeeeeeeeeeetroit Baaaaaaasketbaaaaaaaaall’. Mission accomplished.”
  • 14 boards for Antonio McDyess…yes 14. Dyess, no matter what it may be, is doing whatever he can to make this team win.
  • Prince just 1-for-7 for 4 points with a blocked shot, 3 steals and 4 assists. On a night like yesterday…everyone needed to hit their shots for the Pistons to have a chance at the W. And I’m not just putting it on Prince either. Dyess was 1-for-8, Sheed was 5-for-16.
  • Greg Kelser said something that I was thinking late in the game. He mentioned that nobody was really hitting their shots and Stuckey needed to just take the ball and do what he could to take over. Had he had the ball in his hand…maybe he could have.
  • See he can do this!
Video Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and FSN Detroit
  • I don’t know about you, but I’m just really happy that the Pistons showed up for this game. I was pleasantly surprised when they fought back in the second and late in the game. So yes a win would have been great, but after the shellacking they took the last two times they played Boston…this one was ok.
  • Truly a playoff sort of feel to the game.
  • The Eddie House three in the fourth finished the Pistons off.
  • As always I watched this one through the eyes of Gregg and Georege so if the ESPN crew had anything interesting to say please leave them in the comments.
  • Chris McCosky The Detroit News “After the game, Iverson was asked what seemed like a fair question considering recent history: Are the Pistons good enough to beat the Celtics — either one time or in a playoff series” “If I don’t feel we are, then there’s no need to even come out for Cleveland (on Sunday),” he said. “We might as well just stay in the locker room. If you lose confidence, that’s pretty much it. As individuals and as a team, as soon as you don’t believe in yourself or the people around you, you are done.”I hope that don’t happen.”