Richard Hamilton has retired, after 14 seasons in the NBA.
The 37-year-old, also known as Rip Hamilton, announced his retirement on Thursday (Feb. 26) during an appearance on ESPN’s “His & Hers” show. “Today is a very special day for me because today is the day that I take my shoes … and I find a little street corner down the street and throw my sneakers on the power lines because today I officially retire from the NBA,” he said.
Rip had not played in the NBA since 2012-13, after an injury-plagued, two-year stint with Chicago.
The three-time All-Star closes out a career in which he averaged 17.1 points, and also helped the Pistons upset the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2004 NBA championship.
Apparently, after missing last season, Hamilton came to the realization that it might be time.
“Last year I took a year off to get an opportunity to hang out with my kids, let my body recover from the long NBA season,” Hamilton explained. “I looked myself in the mirror and said, ‘Hey, you know what, it might be my time. I’ve got a lot of miles on my body, I think I just need to let it go.’ ”