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Richard Hamilton’s shoulder may not be right by playoffs

Mar 9, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

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At the end of the Bulls loss to the Magic Thursday night you saw how much Chicago misses Richard Hamilton — Chicago shot 2-for-10 in the final five minutes with Kyle Korver going an uncharacteristic 0-for-5. They needed another reliable scorer on the floor.

Rip can be that scorer, but a shoulder injury has him sidelined. And he may not be right up until when the playoffs start.

That’s the report out of the Chicago Sun Times.

Rip Hamilton said doctors have told him it will take a month for his sprained shoulder to fully heal, which would make it difficult for him to be at 100 percent when the playoffs start. The veteran said he believes he’ll be able to return earlier than that.

“I don’t think it’s going to take me that long,” he said.

Every player says that. They are almost always wrong.

Coach Tom Thibodeau’s comment on Hamilton was that he is still “a ways away.”

For the Bulls it is all about the playoffs — they need Rip right then, they don’t need to rush him back for the regular season.

  1. deiong - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    well i hope they can find a scorer to replace him then, they need pressure off rose to get to the finals. to bad hamilton is injury prone now.. hope someone is out there who can come in and force defenses to not double team rose. would be poetic justice if miami never wins the finals with there group.

  2. chiadam - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    The Bulls don’t have to worry about replacing him because he was never around to be replaced. It’s like me replacing my winning lottery ticket that I never had.

  3. philtration - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    4 out of the 5 shots Korver missed down the stretch were wide-open shots.
    You can’t do that.
    After he missed three in a row Thibodeau should have yanked him right there.

    The Bulls offense looked great when Hamilton was on the floor at the start of the season but he has been nothing more than a rumor since then.
    They still need a shooting guard that can at least be a consistent scoring threat.
    I doubt that they will make a move now so the best option might be to try to pick up Monta Ellis after the season is over.

  4. lakerluver - Mar 9, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    If the Bulls wanna have a legit chance to beat Miami they’d better try to get either Ray Allen or Jamal Crawford. As great a player as Rose is he needs another wing player who can create his own shot (or makes open jumpers) to help him.

  5. glink123 - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Hamilton is a thief. $15 million between his Detroit buyout and Bulls contract, just to play 15 games. The sad thing is, the Bulls are stuck with this lump of crap for at least one more year.

  6. gmsingh - Mar 10, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Should the Bulls have known Hamilton would be this fragile before they signed him? This has really become a big deal, because he’s taking up a roster spot on a team that has a very real shot at going to the Finals.

  7. glink123 - Mar 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    #riphamilton hurt again. #old ? #pussy ? #onelastpayday ? Either way #worthless to #dabulls . Figures #detroitsucks

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