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Bulls will decide Monday if Rip Hamilton will play vs. Pacers

Updated: January 20, 2012 8:17AM

Rip Hamilton practiced with his new teammates for the third time Sunday, but whether he’ll make his Bulls debut in the exhibition finale Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers is unknown.

Coach Tom Thibodeau said he’d likely make his decision Monday.

“Each day, he gets more and more comfortable,” Thibodeau said. “He approaches it well. He comes in to work. He gets here early. He’s studying hard. He’s doing fine so far. Probably [Monday], we’ll get another practice under his belt. He looked pretty comfortable today in the scrimmage. That will be the next step for him.”

Hamilton said the challenge isn’t just learning new terminology but also his new teammates.

“I’m learning more and more about them individually and their games,” Hamilton said. “It’s different when you’re playing against them and you’re scouting them and trying to take things away. Once they’re your teammates, you have to figure out what’s good for them and what’s not good for them.”

Boo-zer birds

Carlos Boozer heard hecklers at Conseco Fieldhouse during the first exhibition game.

“They have good fans here,” Boozer said afterward. “Some are funny. Some of them are not so funny.”

Derrick Rose said anyone disappointed in Boozer’s performance in the preseason opener should remain patient. Boozer had seven points and six rebounds in the Bulls’ 95-86 victory.

“They’re reading too much into it,” Rose said. “If they looked at me, I had a terrible game. You know how Chicago people are. They just expect the best out of everyone and try to push everyone, but Boozer is fine. He’s in here working, rebounding, going hard. He lost a lot of weight. He’s definitely making a push for it.”

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