Many people watched on national television as the
Detroit Pistons triumphed over the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004
National Basketball Association (NBA) championship finals.
Especially notable for his performance in the series was Detroit
Piston power forward Richard “Rip” Hamilton. While his
above-the-rim performance in the series certainly drew the
attention of the media, much of the hype landed on the clear
plastic protective mask that Hamilton wore because of recent
fractures to his nose.