If the Pistons are planning to retire Richard Hamilton's No. 32 during the 2016-2017 season, he may need to ask permission to leave his team to be there.* The former shooting guard of the Going to Work Pistons and 2004 NBA champion is thinking about coming out of a three-year retirement (officially one) to play again if he can get through a personal 30-day tryout.
This, via the Freep:
Former Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton, 38, is more than just contemplating a comeback. He told CBS Sports that his agent is putting out feelers around the league while he commits the next month to training to get back into playing shape.
"I'm giving myself 30 days where I am really hitting the gym," Hamilton told Anatha Pandian. "I'm working on my game. I'm in the weight room. I'm running my two, three miles a day. And I'm trying to see if my body can hold up. If my body can hold up after these 30 days, I will be making a comeback."
Did Rip see all the money being tossed around this offseason and think, man, that $110 million I made in my career was nice, but this free agent money? Yessssssirrr?
No, probably not. And he's probably not going to admit it if he needs money:
"I'm actually doing it for (my kids) and for myself, too, to get an opportunity to make one more run at it," Hamilton said. "And if there's an opportunity where I could go out and win another championship, I'm all for it."
Sometimes you just can't let go, even if you say yourself you don't want to be one of those guys that is just holding on. See Ray Allen (40) and Stephen Jackson (38). And I'm all for it, too, because if for no other good reason, it'd make me feel a little younger seeing a guy I grew up watching still playing in the NBA.
If he does indeed unretire and somebody decides they want him, Rip may take the torch in keeping the 2004 team's light flickering in today's NBA (wow, it'll be 13 years!). Tayshaun Prince, the only remaining 2004 Piston last season, reportedly has no plans to retire, but he's currently a free agent.
*If you're thinking, hey, it could be us! The Pistons need better shooting and it'd be nice after his unceremonious exit in 2011, well, hey, maybe. PLUS, the organization brought the other four starters back in some capacity for a victory lap -- three of four while Tom Gores was in charge. Big Ben came back as a free agent in 2009. Chauncey Billups returned as a free agent in 2013. Rasheed Wallace was hired as an assistant coach in 2013 for two years. Tay returned in 2015 via trade. So, naturally, it's Rip's turn for a quick comeback lap (around a screen).
Why not Rip? No, sirrr?
I'll let you all talk about it.