Richard Hamilton says he talked to Ray Allen, now thinking about making his own NBA comeback

Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton (32) drives against Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(WNTH)–Last week, it was Ray Allen. Now, another former UConn sharpshooter is considering a comeback.

Richard Hamilton, who helped Connecticut win its first-ever national title in 1999, and also won an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004, told CBS Sports that he is thinking about making a comeback to the NBA.

Richard Hamilton.2nd Round, Denver, COPhoto by David Gonzales.
Rip helped lead the Huskies to the NCAA title in 1999. (AP Photo/David Gonzales)

He said he spoke with Allen about the idea at a Jordan Brand Board of Governors meeting in the Bahamas. Hamilton said he told his agent to put out feelers with NBA teams, to gauge interest.

“I’m giving myself thirty days where I am really hitting the gym.” Hamilton said in this video. “I’m working on my game. I’m in the weight room. I’m running my two, three miles a day. And I’m trying to see if my body can hold up. If my body can hold up after these thirty days, I will be making a comeback.”

“Everything has to be perfect. If you tell me I gotta come to training camp, and I gotta beat out a kid who’s 21, 22 years old, running suicides, doing defensive drills, doing all of the crazy stuff that you have to do to make the team, I don’t think I’m going to be out there,” he said.

“But if there’s an opportunity where they say hey Rip, come in, in shape, but we know you’ve been out for two years, and you have to play your way in shape. You have to play for your minutes. If I get that opportunity where I have to earn my minutes, I think I’ll be able to make an impact on somebody’s NBA team.”

Hamilton spent 14 years in the NBA, and averaged 17.1 points, 3.4 assists and 3 rebounds per game. He last played with the Chicago Bulls in 2013. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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