Rip Hamilton finally, formally announced retirement

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The last time any of us saw Richard Hamilton — you know him better as Rip Hamilton, they guy in the mask — on an NBA basketball court, it was two seasons ago in Chicago. A three-time All-Star, a guy who picked up a ring with the 2004 Pistons, and one of the most feared midrange shooters in the game, his skills had left him a couple seasons before he was in Chicago in 2013.

On Thursday, Hamilton formally retired. He announced it on His and Hers. Then he put this on his Instagram account:

I want to give a major shout out to everyone who supported me through my NBA journey. To my coaches, teammates, and fans in Washington, Detroit, and Chicago: thank you for treating me with the utmost class and respect during my career. I couldn’t have been the player I am without you! Every stop taught me valuable lessons that I will remember for the rest of my life. Although this part of my path has come to a close, my basketball journey is far from over and I am looking forward to the road ahead.

Maybe the retirement is a little late in coming, but it’s worth remembering what a quality player he was.

Hamilton was of the best in the game in the half court, so quick and so good coming off screens that he created shots for himself and others. He was key to the Pistons offense in 2004 (and some other years). Just check out the highlights of him from Detroit.