Former NBA, NCAA champ Richard Hamilton retires

February 26, 2015

Richard Hamilton has retired from basketball.

The former UConn and Detroit Pistons guard announced his decision Thursday during an appearance on ESPN's ''His & Hers'' show. He hadn't played in the NBA since 2012-13, when he ended an injury-plagued, two-year stint with Chicago.

He was a three-time All-Star and spent 14 years in the league, averaging 17.1 points, and helped the Pistons upset the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2004 NBA championship.

Hamilton was the Most Outstanding Player of the 1999 Final Four, leading UConn to its first national championship. He was the No. 7 pick by Washington in that year and spent three seasons there before being dealt to Detroit, where he played nine years.


Hamilton said he hoped to come back this season after sitting out last year, before hurting his foot in October.