Last night, Rip Hamilton hit the game-winner with 0.2 seconds left in the Detroit Pistons' 98-96 victory over the Seattle Supersonics. For most players, it takes a great deal of courage and mental toughness to take the last shot in such end-of-game situations. But not Rip. See, he already knows whether a shot is going in or not...before he shoots it.
"I know before I get the ball if the shot is going in or not. It's all a rhythm shot. The follow through and the shot are the easy part. It's just getting there and stopping on a dime, and being in the right place at the right time, and getting the shot off."Huhn. That's pretty amazing, and it may explain why Rip is hitting 49.9 percent of his field goals and 44.9 percent of his threes. But still...that means half of the time he knows his shots aren't going to go in, but he shoot them anyway. Since he takes over 17 shots a game, he throws up at least eight guaranteed misses every time he plays. Either that's straight superdickery or he's trying to rack up KBAs (he is playing with Ben Wallace, after all). Either way, I still kind of think he's full of it.