Rip Hamilton is still the Rip Hamilton we remember

Richard Hamilton didn’t have a good season with the Bulls last season, struggling with injuries and inconsistency. He’s off to a much better start this season, and via Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, part of the explanation is a familiar one … someone made him mad:

The 34-year-old Chicago Bulls sharpshooter dropped 19 points on the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night, getting an unexpected jolt from some fans in the process during a torrid third-quarter stretch in which he went 7-for-8 from the field.

“Some dude in the crowd called me old, that’s what woke me up,” Hamilton said. “He called me Old Man Rivers, some dude behind me. So I was like, “All right, I’ve got something for you.”

Hamilton’s last couple seasons in Detroit were filled with a similar phenomena — Dan Feldman named and wrote about it a few times. Hamilton would struggle with his shot or not play particularly well for a stretch, then he’d get benched or something would happen that would make him mad and he’d miraculously drop 35 off the bench or something like that. Since the Bulls are paying Hamilton, they should invest in someone whose job is simply pissing Hamilton off a couple times each week.

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