Vinny Del Negro facing his former employer isn't the only close connection that will be featured when the Bulls face the Clippers on Friday night.

The game will reunite Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups, who ran side-by-side for six seasons in Detroit and played significant roles as the Pistons won the 2004 NBA championship.

"That's my brother," Hamilton said. "It was awesome. We had a close relationship on and off the floor. We had a great feel for each other on the court. Our games were suited for each other but we were always competitive with each other. We didn't want the other person to be better than us. We felt for us to win we had to push each other. That was a great thing we had."