Wednesday , Jan , 21 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Rip Hamilton Agrees to Become Sixth Man

 If it works, Richard Hamilton could become the Pistons’ best sixth man since Vinnie Johnson.

If it doesn’t, then any hopes of the Pistons being legitimate contenders this season will be dashed.

Pistons coach Michael Curry said Tuesday that Hamilton will be coming off the bench, while Allen Iverson will start at shooting guard and Amir Johnson will take Hamilton’s spot in most situations.

Curry said Kwame Brown would start for Johnson against teams with bigger centers like the Celtics, Lakers and Cavaliers.

"A lot of people have made a lot of things about this," Hamilton said. "Regardless, you want to win games. Me and Allen both know that. They told me I was coming off the bench, that it was something MC (Curry) wanted and I said, ‘Fine, cool.’

"The bottom line is you want to win games. If this is the best way we can win a championship, then I am all for it. The thing is, we have two great scorers, me and A.I. We have to figure out how both of us can be our best."