Rip gets his No. 32, but headband hasn’t been addressed
By Neil Hayes firstname.lastname@example.org December 15, 2011 8:04PM
Updated: January 17, 2012 8:27AM
Rip Hamilton will wear No. 32. That was decided when C.J. Watson agreed to switch to No. 7, so Hamilton could have the number he wore with the Detroit Pistons.
Whether Hamilton will be allowed to wear his signature headband remains to be seen.
“To be honest with you, that hasn’t even come up yet,” general manager Gar Forman said. “That’s a good question that I don’t have an answer for right now.”
The Bulls wouldn’t let Ben Wallace wear a headband when he came to Chicago from Detroit in 2006. Hamilton not only wears a headband but also a mask after twice breaking his nose.
“We haven’t allowed headbands,” Forman said. “I don’t know if with the mask that’s required and where he is with the mask. That’s something we’ll look into.”
Hamilton wasn’t aware of the Bulls’ long-standing team policy.
“Headband, mask, that’s my look,” he said. “That’s like my cape. I can’t live without it. I can’t play without it. That’s my twist.”
Coach Tom Thibodeau said he just wants Hamilton to wear whatever makes him feel confident.
“I’m comfortable with the mask,” he said. “If it helps him shoot, whatever he needs, I’m all for it.”
While the Bulls still have open roster spots, Forman said he’s in no hurry to make another acquisition, although he has acknowledged that he’d like to add a forward or center eventually.
“We’re not in a rush to add anyone,” he said. “If the right guy comes along in whatever scenario and he fits with us, we’ll make a move. If we don’t, we’ll stay with what we’ve got.”
Thibodeau was still formulating his plan for the exhibition opener Friday night against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.
“We’ll play a lot of guys and just try to get them comfortable getting some minutes,” he said when asked how he will handle the first of two preseason games. “The second one will probably be closer to a normal rotation, but this first one, we’ll see. I don’t think anyone knows how it will be until we get out there.”