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.

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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.

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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.

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