Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Steve Kerr likes Rip Hamilton for Bulls
Steve Kerr knows what it's like to be a shooting guard alongside someone who needs to dominate the basketball, which is why he believes Rip Hamilton would be a great fit on the Chicago Bulls.
Kerr was Michael Jordan's Bulls teammate from 1993 to the 1997-98 season, and he thinks Hamilton would be the perfect complement to Derrick Rose.
"I love the way (Hamilton) moves without the ball," Kerr said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I love the fact he doesn't dominate the ball. If you're going to have a backcourt partner with Derrick Rose, you want somebody who's just going to catch and shoot or make a quick move. You can't have somebody who's going to dominate the ball, or put it on the floor because the offense will just stop.
"Rip's a guy who can come off curls, screens and run all over the place, move the defense around so that even when he's not scoring, he's keeping people occupied, and that gives Derrick Rose driving lanes. I think it's a great pick-up, assuming he has something left."
After nine seasons with the Detroit Pistons, Hamilton was waived on Monday, and he is expected to sign with the Bulls on Wednesday after clearing waivers, a source told ESPNChicago.com's Nick Friedell.
Hamilton, 33, averaged 14.1 points last season, which was the lowest since his rookie season. He had a falling out with coach John Kuester, who was fired after the season.
"It all depends on what Rip has left," said Kerr, who is a TNT color analyst and former Phoenix Suns general manager. "We haven't really seen him for a couple of years. He's just kind of been on the bench in Detroit. But assuming he's got something left, I think it's a great pick-up."
Kerr thinks Hamilton would be a better fit than Jamal Crawford, who also has drawn some Bulls interest.
"(Crawford is) not great defensively and will take some bad shots, so I like the Rip Hamilton move much better," said Kerr, who also praised Crawford's offensive fearlessness. "I think that's a better fit."
Rose also has made it known he believes Hamilton would be a great fit with the Bulls.
"Rip is a winner," Rose said recently. "I can't say nothing bad about him.
"He's got a championship. It's great. He knows how to win. He came from winning programs. And if he comes along, I know that we'll be happy to have him."
ESPNChicago.com's Nick Friedell contributed to this report.