According to CSNChicago.com, Richard Hamilton will be making his return to the lineup for the Bulls tonight against his former team, the Detroit Pistons.
Coach Tom Thibodeau listed both Hamilton and Derrick Rose as game-time decisions.
“We’ve said this all along; a guy coming back shouldn’t be based on who the opponent is,” said Coach Tom Thibodeau. “It should be based on health. Is he healthy enough to play? If you’re healthy enough to practice and you’re healthy enough to play, then you play, regardless of who the opponent is and I hope that’s the case,” he said. “Hindsight’s always 20-20, but I don’t know.”
Thibodeau is referring to the case of Hamilton returning on Jan.4 at Detroit after straining his groin on Dec. 30 against the Clippers.
He would play 32 minutes, but would re-aggravate the injury and would miss the next eight games.
Hamilton has missed the last 12 games after sustaining a right shoulder contusion on Mar. 5 versus the Indiana Pacers.
He has been in and out of the lineup this season, appearing in just 16 games.
Rose progress from a strained groin is also picking up, but he could sit out a few more games.
“There’s not too much to say,” said Rose. “I’m trying to get better every day, just trying to get healthy. It’s coming along, so hopefully I’ll be out there soon. It’s killing me. Just being out, missing the action, some good games have been played, but really taking my injury into concern. I’m not trying to rush back, where if I do rush back too early, I could re-injure it, so [I’m] just taking my time.”
Rose insists making sure he’s as close to 100 percent as possible is the priority, so he doesn’t risk re-injuring the groin.
“My speed is my whole entire game. I haven’t learned to play without my speed. I’m not old yet. I haven’t learned that part of the game yet,” added Rose. “If I’m feeling like I can do a little bit more, I’ll stay in and do extra work. I’ve got two treatments a day, where I come in early in the morning, like at 10:00, and then come back later in the day, like at 5 p.m., so just trying to get better.”