HoopsHype Richard Hamilton rumors


November 22, 2012 Updates

While Hamilton will never admit to acknowledging that he’s starting to approach the twilight of his career—and why would he, as he’s displayed on multiple occasions this season, even on the Bulls’ current road trip, that he’s still capable of being a major offensive force— one has to think that the whispers about him being the same player and being potential trade bait before the league-wide deadline so the organization can avoid the luxury tax have affected him. Although he reported to training camp in tip-top shape after privately being challenged to step up his game, the party line about protecting his health has to be wearing thin. CSN Chicago

November 6, 2012 Updates

The Cavs (1-1) had beaten the Bulls in the preseason, and that had not been forgotten. Coach Tom Thibodeau had the team staring at film the last 24 hours. And then a Cleveland fan opened up his mouth early in the third quarter and woke up Richard Hamilton. “Some dude in the crowd called me old,’’ Hamilton said. “That’s what woke me up. He called me ‘Old Man River,’ some dude behind me. So I was like, ‘All right, I got something for you.’ ’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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October 31, 2012 Updates

Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton don't care about the Bulls' grand plan to make the NBA Finals in 2014-15, because both will be long gone. But they represent solid bridge players intent on proving they're not getting older but better. "You definitely use it as motivation,'' Boozer said of age assumptions. Boozer lost 10 pounds and has looked more active than in past preseasons. Expect Boozer, 31 next month, to treat this as a contract year as threats of the Bulls exercising their amnesty option on him loom. Hamilton, 34, committed the summer to making his body stronger and more flexible. He won't have to deal with the compressed schedule of last season and returns, if healthy, as the Bulls' most viable option to take big shots. Chicago Tribune

October 4, 2012 Updates

‘‘It’s certain people’s game nowadays,’’ Bulls guard Rip Hamilton said. ‘‘It’s their actual game, flopping. Anytime you play, with the rules and things like that, guys are going to figure out ways to adjust and to do stuff that you’re not supposed to do, and then they’re going to come back with another rule, so I really don’t get into that.’’ Center Joakim Noah was all for it and wondered why it took so long. ‘‘Flopping is annoying,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s a good rule. I just hope . . . it’s going to be hard to enforce, because it’s pretty opinionated.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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The Bulls have needed much more consistent scoring out of Richard Hamilton, and far less telling everyone in the locker room what they need to do to be champions. Several sources say it grated on some Bulls since Hamilton's arrival in December, but eventually subsided. Yahoo! Sports

March 28, 2012 Updates

Richard Hamilton took contact on his right shoulder Wednesday morning for the first time since spraining it March 5 and is a game-time decision for this evening's game against the Atlanta Hawks. Though coach Tom Thibodeau also called Derrick Rose a game-time decision, Rose will miss his eighth straight game with his injured groin, because he has yet to take contact. Rose is, however, increasing his on-court running. Chicago Tribune

March 8, 2012 Updates

Asked if he had a target date to return from the right shoulder injury he suffered Monday night, Richard Hamilton grimaced. "I'm just trying to lift my arm," he said. The Bulls, as is their common practice, said Hamilton is day-to-day with his sprained and bruised right shoulder. "Ain't no miracle going to happen tomorrow," said Hamilton, who wore a sling. "I'm just trying to get the swelling out, get my range of motion back. It's going to be a minute." Chicago Tribune

March 7, 2012 Updates

No matter how hard he tried, Richard Hamilton couldn’t say it: He’s probably going to out awhile. Hamilton, who has missed 24 of the Bulls’ 40 games this season because of various injuries, will not play against the Milwaukee Bucks tonight in Milwaukee and officially is day-to-day with a sprained and bruised right shoulder he suffered in the first minute against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. But the 6-7 shooting guard, with his right arm in a sling, indicated he’s closer to ‘’out indefinitely’’ than day-to-day. ‘’I’m just trying to lift my arm up,’’ Hamilton said prior to the Bulls’ shootaround at the Bradley Center on Wednesday morning. ‘’It’s going to be ... I know ain’t no miracle going to happen tomorrow or anything like that. Just trying to get the swelling down, trying to get my range of motion back. It’s going to be a minute.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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"I think a lot of us made a lot of selfish decisions that day. I made a selfish decision to stop trying to break it up and to confront Lindsey Hunter and Richard Hamilton. That was my selfish decision. Ron made a selfish decision by going into the stands. We all made selfish decisions, but at the same time, we were protecting each other. It's kind of hard to see if that's right or wrong." — Stephen Jackson Grantland

February 28, 2012 Updates

“With the loss of my grandma, you look at basketball as a place where you can relieve all the stress and take your mind off stuff,” Hamilton said Tuesday after the Bulls’ shootaround. “You’re so emotional and everyone around you is emotional. You look for basketball to be your ‘out’ and put all your energy into the game. When you don’t have that, it’s hard.” This season has tested Hamilton’s patience. He has suited up just 11 times and is a game-time decision for Tuesday night's game against New Orleans at the United Center. “We want to make sure he is completely healthy and ready to go,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We’ll let him warm up and see where he is. He looks great in practice, but there’s a huge difference between the game and practice.” Chicago Tribune

February 23, 2012 Updates

Hamilton has missed 22 games with groin and thigh injuries but has been participating in contact drills and could return to the starting lineup when the Bulls host New Orleans on Feb. 28. Coach Tom Thibodeau said he won’t rush Hamilton. He wants him to be completely healthy and will likely see reduced minutes until he gets into game shape. “He’s doing a lot more,” Thibodeau said. “He’s taking on contact now, which is a good sign. We’ll see where we are when we get back.” Chicago Sun-Times

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