AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Often it's not what someone says that tells the story, but rather what he doesn't say.
Rip Hamilton made his return to The Palace Wednesday night, a triumphant return for him and his Chicago Bulls, who left with a 99-83 victory and a five-game winning streak. Hamilton scored 14 points and added five assists.
Public address announcer Mason gave Hamilton a special introduction as he welcomed him back. The 9,125 fans in attendance rose and gave Hamilton a standing ovation.
"It was great," Hamilton said of his reception. "The fans appreciate what I did here. They've always been supportive of me. Even when stuff wasn't going so good, they always chant my name and stuff like that. I've got a lot of love for them. They've been by my side since I got here."
Rodney Stuckey, who said he still talks to Hamilton all the time, said the reception is exactly what Hamilton deserved.
"Rip has done a lot for this organization and this city," Stuckey said. "There's no other...