Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Alumni Profile: Rip Hamilton
The Good: There is still plenty left in the tank for Rip. He is a devastatingly good mid-ranged shooter, a non-stop worker off the screens, and plays tight defense without fouling. He is a great compliment to Rose’s style and his motor is impeccable. He is a great closer in ballgames and his experience in tough playoff games makes him a valuable asset. He is also a great free throw shooter that can seal a game at the line in close ballgames.
The Bad: It has to start with his health. He had such a hard time making it through last season that it leaves questions as to how much can his body endure. He doesn’t have an above the rim game and he needs to be more physical on defense because he isn’t as fast as he used to be.
Looking Ahead: There are too many unknowns to know how Rip’s season will go. If he can stay healthy, if Rose returns to form, and if the Bulls stay in contention then Rip should get the minutes and produce. Time isn’t on Rip’s side and he needs to have a great showing to put the Detroit debacle behind him and sure up his legacy.