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Wallace helped sell Rip on Bulls

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. --- Ben Wallace didn't have the greatest experience in Chicago but that didn't prevent him from encouraging teammate Rip Hamilton to join his former team.

The one-time Bulls and longtime Pistons center spoke favorably about the Bulls before Hamilton signed a free-agent contract before the season.

"When I was there they took good care of me and I was pretty sure they would do the same for him," Wallace said. "I told him, that would be a nice spot for him and a nice fit. They have a point guard in Derrick Rose that demands a lot of attention and allow him to run around and do what he do."

Wallace said he doesn't consider his season and a half in Chicago the disaster many Bulls fans do.

"I had fun there," he said. "I enjoyed being there. I enjoyed the team we had. The first year I was there we had a lot of success as far as basketball-wise. The second year, a couple guys got hurt, injuries hit us and things kind of fell apart, but I enjoyed my time there."

The 15-year veteran also seems to be glad he's back in Detroit, where he's backing up Greg Monroe.

"This is where I made my mark at as far as basketball and people getting to know me and recognize what I bring to the table was here," he said. "I can relax a little more here knowing that I'm not the player that I once was but the fans appreciate what I did for the team and for the organization."

When told Hamilton gets to wear his headband with the Bulls when he wasn't, Wallace replied: "Good for Rip."

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