Rip Hamilton offers to give Clint Dempsey his mask


Clint Dempsey suffered a broken nose during USA’s win over Ghana when he was kicked in the face by a high leg. The 31-year-old striker’s nose was shaped like a Christmas tree and he was coughing up blood, so it’s going to kill if he gets hit in the face again.

Despite that, Dempsey said he is not planning to wear a protective mask against Portugal. Unless, of course, Rip Hamilton can convince him to.

Hamilton, who broke his nose years ago but kept wearing the mask after his nose healed because he was playing well, is willing to lend Dempsey one of his lucky shields.

“On my way to Brazil to watch @clint_dempsey and Team USA at World Cup,” the former Detroit Pistons star wrote on Instagram. “@clint_dempsey if u need to borrow my mask I’m bringing them in my carry on bag. #MaskChangedMyCareer #TeamUSA #WorldCup #BrandJordan #BrazilPack #HugeFanOfSoccer #holdat.”

Dempsey is probably worried that he won’t be able to breathe well in the sweltering Brazil heat, which is understandable. If he changes his mind, he knows where to go.

H/T SB Nation

Rip Hamilton and Nate Robinson trade funny insulting pictures

Rip Hamilton and Nate Robinson have plenty of time on their hands now that neither one is playing, so the two spent some time Sunday trading funny yet offensive and insulting pictures of each other over Instagram.

It all started when Robinson, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, posted this photo of his ex-teammate looking like ET:

Rip Hamilton ET

“I miss my big bro @ripcity3232 I wonder what he is doing on this beautiful Sunday ? Get at me rip city lol & #holdat lol classic pix” was his caption.

Rip responded with a picture of him putting Robinson in a headlock, but that was just mild. After that one is when things really got insulting.

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Rip Hamilton, Nate Robinson mock each other with hilarious Photoshop pictures

Nate Robinson mini car

Rip Hamilton and Nate Robinson have been in a social media war with one another the entire season, and I’m pretty sure Rip just won.

Rip sent the following tweet Tuesday and included the photo you see above:

That’s easily one of the best uses of photoshop that we have seen in a while. Of course, the hilarious photo did not come out of nowhere. It was likely prompted by Robinson poking fun at Hamilton earlier in the day by sending this picture:

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Rip Hamilton’s birthday cake was awesome and insanely detailed (Picture)

Rip Hamilton birthday cake

Rip Hamilton recently celebrated his 35th birthday, and the Chicago Bulls guard finally got around to sharing a photo of his amazing birthday cake.

Rip turned 35 on Feb. 14 and celebrated the weekend before his big day. On Sunday, he posted a photo on Instagram of his awesome birthday cake.

The cake depicts four figurines of Hamilton seated at a table playing cards. Each figurine represents Hamilton from a different stage in his playing career. There is one figurine of Hamilton with the Wizards, Pistons, Bulls, and UConn. They are so detailed they all have headbands, wristbands and even a shooting sleeve.

In the foreground of the cake, there is a box showing a replica championship ring Rip won as a star player on the 2003-2004 Detroit Pistons. There is also a mask an Air Jordan shoe, both of which Rip has worn most of his career. The card at the bottom also boasts about the three overtime game the Knicks and Pistons played in New York on Dec. 27, 2006. The Knicks won the game 151-145, but Hamilton had 51 points.

The best part of all? As Hamilton noted via Twitter, everything there was edible cake.

If Floyd Mayweather Jr. thought his birthday cake was cool, he needs to look at Rip’s.

Photo credit: Instagram/Rip Hamilton
H/T Beyond the Buzzer

Nate Robinson gets short person locker in New Orleans (Picture)

Nate Robinson locker

Nate Robinson and Rip Hamilton have been in an ongoing social media battle all season, and Hamilton got his Chicago Bulls teammate on Tuesday.

The veteran guard tweeted the above picture after the Bulls’ 96-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets. His photo included the following caption:

“The ball boy got word that @naterobinson was coming to play the Hornets . So he gave him his own special hanging bar for his cloths. Guess which locker is his. Lol #bulls #bullsnation #cv4life #truestory”

Yes, the one on the corner was Tiny Nate’s, which is perfect for the 5-foot-9 guard.

I’m thinking that was just payback for this December tweet Robinson sent about Rip.

H/T @cjzero

Pistons Finally Got the Picture, Started Rip Hamilton

Man, a lot happened in just like two days. Michael Curry finally announced (about effing time!) that Allen Iverson would be coming off the bench and that Rip Hamilton would finally be back in the starting lineup (after Hamilton initiated the movement). I guess all it took was an eight-game losing streak for them to figure things out. I’m surprised it didn’t take them dropping out of the playoffs first. Whatev. Finally someone got the picture, made the change, and now everything is right in the world.

The Pistons beat the Magic in Orlando and the Celtics in Boston their last two games. Both with A.I. out with back stiffness and Rip back in the starting lineup. Coincidence much? I think not. The Pistons are clearly better without Iverson anywhere near the court, as weird as that sounds. Oddly enough, it’s not even that shocking — my boy Matt Watson who runs detroitbadboys.com said as much to me a few weeks ago before the Pistons completely went into the tank. As Watson pointed out, Iverson may have faked the injury to get away from the team for a few days so he wouldn’t have to answer questions about his demotion.

Even though we anoint stars on a regular basis, sometimes teams are better-served devoid of big names. Aside from Detroit, the Rockets went on a six-game winning streak as soon as T-Mac announced he was shutting it down for the season. The Bucks continue to fight hard and win now that Charlie Villanueva and Richard Jefferson are the focal point of their offense instead of Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut. Shaq’s picked it up with Amare Stoudemire out. Ditto with Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum. Funny the way things work. Even the Celtics will tell you how much better the Pistons were without Iverson — a former MVP. They’re better off without him near the starting lineup without a doubt.