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Rip Hamilton could return to Bulls lineup Friday

Mar 30, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

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Bulls fans are not going to believe it until they see him and his mask walk out on the court — and even then they may not be sure.

But Richard Hamilton could return to the Bulls lineup Friday night.

The Bulls are being their usually overly-cautious selves regarding discussing injuries, but here is what the Detroit News wrote on the issue leading up to the Bulls Friday night tilt against the Pistons.

The former Pistons and current Bulls guard, who has played in just 16 games this season because of various injuries (groin, thigh, shoulder), is on track to return tonight against the Pistons….

“He wants to be a part of it so he can be ready for a deep playoff run,” said Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince, who added he and Hamilton text frequently. “To not be able to do that, it has to be pretty tough because (Hamilton) doesn’t know how his body is going to respond in the playoffs.”

Hamilton has missed the last dozen games with a shoulder injury.

The Bulls are title contenders but if they are going to get past the Heat and whoever comes out of the West (cough*Thunder*cough) they are going to need Hamilton. Last year showed the limitations of the Bulls offense when it is overly dependent on Derrick Rose, they need another reliable perimeter scoring option and Hamilton can still be that if healthy.

But they need him to not only get back into the lineup soon they need him to stay healthy. The first part of that could start Friday night. The second part… that’s going to be more interesting.

  1. rhetoric1 - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Over/under on minutes played before he’s re-injured?

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      10. How many times does he need to re-injure himself coming back too early to play the pistons before he gets it?

  2. steelerfanforlife - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    If, and it’s a really really big if, Rip can stay healthy the last 14 games of the year and into the playoffs this would work out perfectly. The Bulls really didn’t need him for the regular season so he gets to rest and have fresh legs for the playoffs. Oh God please let him stay healthy now!!!

  3. glink123 - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Ten bucks says he pulls a hammy in pre-game warm-ups.

  4. stayhigh_247 - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    at this point in the season, he should just stay out till the playoffs. I’m afraid his brittle bones might snap again.

  5. gmsingh - Mar 30, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    The fans should get a free taco or something every time he appears in a game.

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