Detroit Pistons guard Richard "Rip" Hamilton, who has done a lot of charity work with children, is appearing in Disney Junior's "Imagination Movers" on 1:30 p.m. ET Friday as he helps teach the wacky musicians how to play basketball.
"I had a blast working on the set with the gang," said Hamilton, who has spent years as part of the "Read to Achieve" program helping children learn to read. "Not only can those guys sing and dance, but they have some exceptional moves on the court too."
"Imagination Movers" stars the popular New Orleans band of the same name -- Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott Smith -- and introduces kids to the Movers' energetic rock and roll style of music while emphasizing creative problem solving skills.
"Since the Movers are huge sports fans, having Rip on set was a real treat," Durbin said. "He delivered his lines like a natural, with no bricks, and provided us with one of the more memorable quotes of the new season: 'I love the game.'"
It's been a tough NBA season for Hamilton, who has been in the league for 12 years and has one championship ring. Hamilton scored 27 points Wednesday night as the Pistons lost to the Miami Heat and now stand with a record of 25-46.
But the gang at "Imagination Movers" would love to have him return for more.
"He actually was very accessible and down to earth," Poche said. "My son is a huge NBA fan and Rip took time to sign a jersey and talk hoops for a while. It was a treat."