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Rip Hamilton injures shoulder, could be out a while

Mar 6, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

Richard Hamilton AP

Well, on the up side the Bulls are used to playing without Richard Hamilton in the lineup.

And they may be for a while — Rip injured his shoulder in the Bulls win Monday over the Pacers. There are not a lot of details but what Aggrey Sam found out for CSNChicago.com doesn’t make it sound good.

Hamilton wasn’t available for comment after the game, but according to a source familiar with the situation, he left the arena with his right arm in a sling. The same source told CSNChicago.com that Hamilton apparently injured the “top” of his shoulder and at least early on—he’ll be examined Tuesday—there’s little optimism about a quick return.

“He collided and it’s his shoulder,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said afterwards. “He tried to shake it off and at first I thought it might be a stinger, but that wasn’t the case.”

Hamilton has played in just 16 of the Bulls 40 games this season due to injury (averaging 11.3 points per game when he does play, with an unimpressive PER of 12.8). Early in the season he seemed to be fitting in and bringing what the Bulls really needed — another scorer along side Derrick Rose. In his return from injury Hamilton was not really hitting his stride yet but there seemed to be a chemistry building.

And now this.

The Bulls need Hamilton come the playoffs if their dreams of advancing past the Miami Heat and to the NBA finals are to be realized. They need a second scoring option that can draw the attention of the defense besides Rose. Hamilton — with his relentless work off the ball — seemed to be just what the doctor ordered.

Well, if he could stay out of the doctor’s office. PBT will update you with the details of how long he will be out as soon as we know.

  1. hwatt - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    man this is NOT what the Bulls paid for. How is this guy all of a sudden injury prone?? Don’t tell me it’s age w guys like Nash and Kidd 4 or 5 years older than him and still producing. And Bryant and Duncan are similar and age and they’re producing. The guy needs some workout tips or something…

    The rest of the team is going to have to continue to elevate their game, since it looks like it’ll be a ver close roster rematch for the eastern conference finals. At least the Bulls roster- Boozer and Brewer especially- have shown improvement over last year. So I guess we’ll see how it goes. The search for the second killer scoring threat may have to continue this offseason.

  2. philtration - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Funny how this is the only mention of the Bulls you can come up with.
    They blew out the Pacers last night and have also beaten San Antonio and Philly on the road since the All Star break yet you pretend that they do not exist.
    They have won 7 in a row and 9 of their last 10 and this is all you can talk about?
    Rip Hamilton?

    When you finally do get around to talking about the team with the best record in the NBA you also have to mention the Heat just like you guys did in the power rankings.
    The Bulls have been plagued by injuries all year yet here they are 2.5 games ahead of Miami.

  3. dadawg77 - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Wonder if this will make the Bulls players for Allen. The Bulls second unit would be much improved with a scoring option like Hamilton on it.

    • pudgalvin - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      They almost have to do something if Rip is going to miss significant time. They aren’t beating the Heat with Brewer playing starters minutes. Love the guy, but he’s just not consistant enough to be a starting 2 on a championship team.

  4. chiadam - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    This is going about as well as the last time the Bulls picked through the Pistons’ garbage cans. Remember the ghastly Ben Wallace era?

  5. dairamx2 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Rip isn’t\wasn’t enough to get past Miami anyways, so not sure what the Bulls’ brass was thinking.

    It does suck for him and the fans though

  6. chitownmatt - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    There are still plenty of games left for Rip to get healthy and get back in the groove.

    Shoulder injuries rarely last more than a week or two…..I hope.

  7. lakerluver - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Not a Bulls fan but if they want to have a legit chance to win it all they’d better try to get J. Crawford from Portland. Rose & Crawford would be one heck of a backcourt. Speaking of Rose, he’s my favorite non-LAKER. He’s the best PG in the league and one of the top 3 or 4 players overall, IMO.

  8. glink123 - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Rip milked a mild groin pull for nearly two months. Lopez came back from a broken leg sooner. Ten bucks says you won’t see Hamilton in the lineup until April.

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