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Rip Hamilton

Bulls shopping Rip Hamilton? That was fast.


Eight months ago, Rip Hamilton was going to be the difference maker for the Bulls. He would be the scoring guard that provided them with the offense they needed to put the whole package together. It was all set.

Then everything fell apart. Hamilton was rarely healthy during the regular season, and just when he got back and the Bulls were ready for the playoff run… well, you know what happened. Derrick Rose went down, the Bulls were eliminated, and now all of a sudden they’re retooling. They may not match on Omer Asik. They traded Kyle Korver to Atlanta (in principle). They let C.J. Watson go. They may let John Lucas III go.

And now they may ditch Rip Hamilton. From the Chicago Tribune:

Along these lines, league sources said the Bulls have shopped Richard Hamilton’s expiring $5 million deal, which carries a mere $1 million guarantee for 2013-14. Thus far, there have been no takers.

via Kyle Korver: Kyle Korver in Atlanta for physical ahead of Chicago Bulls’ trade – chicagotribune.com.

Hamilton’s contract has value, he has value as a player, and while he hasn’t gotten offers yet, closer to the deadline he likely will.

But this is yet another sign the Bulls are deconstructing.

After building a championship contender in 2010, an Eastern Conference Finals appearance, and winning the top seed in the East two years in a row, they’re blowing it up. This is the new NBA. Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah with a great defense and excellent bench isn’t good enough. Especially when your owner hates paying the luxury tax.

The Bulls era may be ending before it ever began.

Rip Hamilton feels like it’s sweet home Chicago

Richard Rip Hamilton

Richard Hamilton is feeling comfortable with the Bulls.

Not completely with his teammates yet, that’s a work in progress (albeit one that is making great strides). No, Hamilton is comfortable with the expectations in Chicago — title expectations.

“I love it because this is what it’s supposed to be,” Hamilton said after he had 16 points to help the Bulls knock off the Clippers 114-101 Friday night. “When I was in Detroit, my first seven or eight years, we won every night. It was all about winning. To get the opportunity to get back in that groove, that’s home for me.”

Like those Pistons teams, these Bulls are about defense first.

“I really like the way he is playing defensively,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He’s back to really competing. He’s shown that he can guard point guards….

“Offensively I think he’s starting to get more comfortable. He’s learning his teammates, his teammates are learning him.”

Thibodeau has gone back to his Celtics days to come up with plays for Rip, one of the better midrange shooters in the league. Chicago is running some of the same plays for Rip that Boston runs for Ray Allen.

Hamilton’s not as efficient on offense as he was five years ago, but already you can see where his ability to have plays called for him and to find spaces in the defense where Rose can hit him with a pass is already taking some scoring pressure off the MVP. He’s quickly blending in.

Still, it’s an adjustment.

“I’m getting better, I’m getting better,” Hamilton said. “I’m not where I want to be, but every game I get a little better. Like I said we didn’t have a training camp or anything like that, so every day is a learning adjustment…

“I think guys are learning my game, I’m learning theirs,” Hamilton said.

5 Things to Watch, Bulls-Lakers: Where the Lakers look for the… upset?

Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose

GAMES. There will be actual NBA games played today starting at noon. To get you pumped, ready, and primed for the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season, we give you five things to keep an eye on today in Heat-Mavericks.

To get you pumped:


Point of defense

Things which terrify Lakers fans: Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, and Steve Blake trying to guard Derrick Rose. Rose has had nothing to do but think about playing the Lakers for a month, and nothing to think about but making up for the ECF for six months. The Bulls surprised the Lakers last year (a lot of teams surprised the Lakers last year), but in reality, they just match up extremely well. In particular, Rose has the ability to blow by any defender. Byrant can’t carry the load offensively and try and lock down Rose. Ron Artest is likely the one who will be charged with checking the MVP, trying to take the same tactic that worked with LeBron in the ECF. If Artest can’t handle him or if he gets in foul trouble, this could get messy in a hurry.

Standing Tall And… well, Tall

Carlos Boozer is out-sized even without Andrew Bynum down low. Boozer struggles against players with considerable length, and Pau Gasol has miles of it. The Bulls need Boozer to score, but more importantly, he’s got to muscle Gasol which tends to minimalize his impact. The height advantage for L.A. has been a huge part of their strategy for years, but without Odom (traded) and Bynum (suspended), the Lakers will have to rely on Gasol to handle the job of being big. He’s got a tough matchup with both Boozer and Noah. Gasol has to come through in a big way.

Kung-Fu Wrist Action 

How good is the wrist? That’s going to be a huge part of this game. Kobe Bryant’s going to have to shoulder the offensive load without Bynum around, even if Gasol comes through. He’s practiced this week, but has taken it easy on shooting. Rip Hamilton will likely guard him for long stretches, and he knows how to make that wrist hurt more without being obvious about it. Bryant has to be high volume for the Lakers to win, but he also needs to rest the wrist. So that’s not a good combination. Bryant’s wrist may hurt more the more he shoots, but he’s going to shoot. Something to watch.

Bull Rush

The Bulls’ offense was an afterthought for Tom Thibodeau last season. While you want Derrick Rose to have autonomy and the ability to improvise, you also need some sort of structure, and too often last year the Bulls’ offense was overly simplistic. The Lakers will be coached well enough even with talent issues to cause them problems on defense.So the Bulls need to actually work a few sets with some cohesion. The Lakers will scheme to attack Rose on the edge and the drive. The kickout has to be clean, but all the scheming in the world won’t help if they don’ their shots.

Going Deep

The Lakers are crazy thin in the frontcourt, and Josh McRoberts has to have a huge game. On the other end, the Bulls have Omer Asik and Taj Gibson, and have a huge advantage in depth. The Lakers need long minutes from starters and for someone on the bench to surprise with a huge game. This might be a low-scoring game, but Kobe and Gasol can’t do it all.

Bulls waive last year’s starter Keith Bogans


Keith Bogans started all 82 games for the Chicago Bulls as the shooting guard. Well he was the shooting guard who did not shoot — he averaged just 3.7 shots per game (and 4.4 points) He got the call because he played good defense and stayed out of Derrick Rose’s way.

The Bulls were willing to sacrifice some of that defense to get more offense out of the position this season, hence the signing of Rip Hamilton earlier this week.

Which made Bogans expendable, so he was waived, according to CSNChicago.com. Ronnie Brewer will be the backup for Hamilton.

Expect the Bulls to use the slot to add an inexpensive big man just to provide a little depth along the back line. Bogans will be a free agent if he clears waivers (as expected).

Rip Hamilton clears waivers, will be Chicago Bull soon

Detroit Pistons  v Toronto Raptors

Unlike what happened with Chauncey Billups ride to Miami (different situation), nobody has gotten in the way of Richard Hamilton landing with the Chicago Bulls.

Hamilton — you know him as Rip — was bought out by the Pistons but has cleared the waiver wire and is now free to sign with the Chicago Bulls, tweets K.C Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Rip has cleared waivers. Sounds like he’ll be at Bulls practice on Thursday after 2/$10M deal is finalized.

It could be three years, $15 million, the Associated Press reports. That seems like a lot of years from where I sit for a 33-year-old this season who is already showing decline in his game.

Joakim Noah said this about Rip.

“I think (Hamilton) would be a great addition to our team,” Noah said. “He’s obviously a hell of a player, but Ronnie’s (Brewer) been having a great camp right now.”

This is different than what happened to Chauncey Billups because he was amnestied by the Knicks, which meant the Clippers, who were under the salary cap, put in a bid on Billups and only had to take on part of his salary. Because Hamilton was a buyout if you claimed him on waivers you had to pay the full contract price. Nobody wanted to do that so he is a free agent.

And he was always destined for the Bulls if that happened. This is not the 2005 Hamilton, but he doesn’t need to be, what his is right now is a serious upgrade at a need position for the Bulls. Hamilton gave 14.1 points a game to the Pistons and shot 38.2 percent from three last season. That kind of production from the two guard would be huge for the Bulls, suggests Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com.

But as for Hamilton’s actual impact in the Windy City, expect the Coatesville, Pa. native to be rejuvenated as he’s on a title contender — as opposed to the past couple of lottery-bound, turmoil-ridden campaigns in Motown — although it’s unlikely that at 33-years-old (34 in February), he can match his prior All-Star level production. Nor is that necessary.

The Chicago Bulls are about to get better. That is bad news for every other team in the East.