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Hamilton Starts Against Pistons, Cheered At Palace

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Richard Hamilton is in the Chicago Bulls’ starting lineup, returning to The Palace to face the Detroit Pistons.

Hamilton missed Chicago’s previous two games and was day-to-day with a sore left groin, but was able to play Wednesday night. He was waived by the Pistons before the season after nine years with the team.

Hamilton chatted a bit on the court with some of his former teammates, and when he was announced as a starter, he received a warm welcome from Detroit fans, many of whom stood and applauded.

The veteran guard led Detroit to the 2004 NBA championship but was benched for an extended period last season amid a falling out with then-coach John Kuester. The Pistons fired Kuester after the season.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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