HoopsHype Richard Hamilton rumors

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

January 29, 2012 Updates

Hamilton, who has a thigh bruise and sore groin, did some shooting Saturday and Deng did "more than he has ever done" since the injury, according to Thibodeau. But neither practiced and Deng still hasn't taken contact on the torn ligament in his left wrist. "He's getting closer," Thibodeau said of Deng. "He's more aggressive with his moves. Each day, he's adding layers." Chicago Tribune

January 28, 2012 Updates

Hamilton was unable to finish Friday morning's shootaround and was considered a game-time decision, as was Gibson. Hamilton was initially listed as the starter at shooting guard but was replaced by Kyle Korver right before tipoff and did not play in the game. "Taj is moving great," coach Tom Thibodeau said of Gibson. "Each day he's getting better." Chicago Sun-Times

January 8, 2012 Updates

Hamilton injured his groin in a Dec. 30 victory over the Clippers and came back too soon to play against his former teammates in Detroit and reaggravated it. It could be several days before Hamilton is ready to return, although coach Tom Thibodeau maintains he’s day-to-day. “The thing that’s difficult right now is he’s not practicing, so you don’t really know what he can do and what he can’t do,” Thibodeau said. “We just want to be smart.” Chicago Sun-Times

January 7, 2012 Updates

Now, one year later, he’s glad those days are over. The Pistons bought out Hamilton’s contract last month, which allowed the 33-year-old to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Bulls. When asked about the buyout, Hamilton said he “knew it was coming” and it’s clear he had his eyes on Chicago almost immediately. “I thought it was a great fit,” Hamilton told HOOPSWORLD. “I saw what they needed and that they were right there last year. This is an opportunity for me to try to win another championship and I wanted another crack at it. I thought it was perfect.” HoopsWorld

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