Bulls guard Richard Hamilton could be out for a month
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org December 7, 2012 11:24PM
The facts: 7, Ch. 9, 1000-AM.
Updated: January 9, 2013 6:14AM
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — When shooting guard Richard Hamilton tore the plantar fascia in his left foot last weekend, there were a lot of one- to two-weeks thrown out there as the recovery time.
That still might be the case, but Hamilton admitted Friday that a month on the shelf might be more realistic.
“[The doctors] said four weeks, but they said I could probably come back before that,’’ Hamilton said.
“Everyone’s body is different, so it’s just one of those things where you want to try to get better every day.
“We’re working really hard on it, trying to get flexibility, trying to get the swelling down, get all the blood that’s in there down. Every day it gets better. The good thing about it is there hasn’t been a setback.’’
More than the pain in his left foot, Hamilton expressed the heartache of missing the game in Auburn Hills.
He played nine seasons with the Pistons, won a title and was looking forward to another homecoming.
“Oh, man, this is the game I got on my calendar, if any,’’ Hamilton said.
“The one game that you mark before the season even starts and you say, ‘Oh, man, I can’t even wait.’
‘‘To be injured, it’s frustrating for me because you want to help the team get a win.’’
Center Nazr Mohammed saw his share of minutes in the preseason, and it looked like he’d be a fixture in the regular rotation off the bench.
But since the games started counting, Mohammed has been used more often than not in spot duty.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said that isn’t about to change. Mohammed is more of a matchup-type player.
“I like using Nazr against size,’’ Thibodeau said. “He goes out there and gives you a presence underneath, some solid offensive rebounding, screening and size at the rim. So in certain situations, we like to use him.’’
Hamilton liked that shooting guard Marco Belinelli was more aggressive during the two-game road trip to Cleveland and Auburn Hills, but he said he had been advising Belinelli to do that since he arrived this offseason.
“Marco played great, getting to the basket, getting guys involved, getting his shot, doing what he does,’’ Hamilton said.
“He’s a shooter. I tell him, ‘You’re too good to pump-fake. Shoot.’ ’’