Richard Hamilton had his head screwed on right.

“Rip” as he was fondly called, was no.7 overall in the 1999 NBA draft, a 3 time All-Star, played 14 seasons and in one of those seasons winning a championship ring with the Detroit Pistons winning over a star studded LA Lakers cast led by Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neil, Gary Payton and Karl Malone.

After his jersey retirement a few days ago, watching his short speech reminded me of some of the things that matter the most. You can have an illustrious career and a fat paycheck, but the people that matter are right in your home.

Listen to a part of his speech during his jersey retirement at The Palace of Auburn Hills and you’ll know what I mean.