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Rip Hamilton gets dreaded DNP-CD; teammates confused


Rip Hamilton put on his jersey as he has done before 822 other NBA games — but for the first time he could remember never got the sweats off.

Pistons coach John Kuester never called Hamilton’s number. He had gone to a new starting lineup to try and bring a new energy, but Hamilton was not used as a sub. He got the DNP-CD in the box score (did not play – coach’s decision).

Hamilton told Booth Newspapers after the game it’s the first time he can remember that happening at any level (it’s not, he did sit the last game of the season three years ago).

“I came to the game with my same routine, that I was going to play,” Hamilton said. “Nobody warned me or told me anything. I just came out ready to play the game. I was definitely surprised. Do I think it was a level of disrespect or unfair or anything like that? I’ll leave that to y’all.”

Tayshaun Prince’s reaction to the benching? (Via the twitter of the Detroit News’ Vincent Goodwill)

“Buffoonery. Do you all know what that means?”

Piston players really have no problem smacking their coach publicly, do they? Take that note for what it’s worth.

Hamilton refused to take the bait after the game when asked about it, but you have to think that every time he hears his name in a trade rumor now he runs into a church and says a little prayer it comes true.

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.