Friday , Nov , 07 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Rip Hamilton to Start for Pistons; Stuckey to Be Sixth Man

There has been media speculation Iverson’s presence will force the Pistons to move Richard Hamilton into a sixth-man role because Iverson and Hamilton couldn’t play together without a true point guard.

Coach Michael Curry doused that theory.

"I look at it as being the same as if Chauncey were still here," he said.

For one, Curry said, Rodney Stuckey isn’t ready to be the full-time starting point guard. Secondly, Curry thinks Iverson and Hamilton can be a lethal duo.

"Stuckey is still learning," Curry said. "He has a lot of talent, but he still has a ways to go. I’ve always said, if you don’t give young guys things and you make them earn it, they will keep it.
"If you give them something, you can take it away. He’s earning his keep, and he’s earning his time on the court."