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Hamilton likely to debut Tuesday

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Hamilton likely to debut Tuesday

Coming off a 95-86 preseason victory over the Indiana Pacers Friday, the Chicago Bulls may be ready to unleash their latest acquisition, Richard Hamilton.

Hamilton sat out Friday as Ronnie Brewer took center stage and started at shooting guard but according to the Chicago Tribune he may make his Chicago debut Tuesday vs. the Pacers at the United Center.

He practiced with the Bulls for the first time Thursday and took part in Friday morning's shootaround.

"Each day he'll do a little more," coach Tom Thibodeau told the Tribune. "But one day and a shootaround, I didn't feel comfortable with it."

Thiboduea did hint that it wouldn't be long before Hamilton found his groove with the Bulls, telling the Tribune, "He'll get up to speed pretty quickly. Friday, even with just one day of practice, he seemed a lot more comfortable. So I'm confident he'll move along."

The Bulls will play their second preseason game, hosting the Pacers at the United Center. You can catch the game live on Comcast SportsNet beginning with Bulls Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.

What do you expect from Hamilton? Do you think he'll mesh well with the Bulls?

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Fred Hoiberg the coach of the future?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Fred Hoiberg the coach of the future?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly) and Nick Friedell (ESPN.com) join Kap on the panel.  The Bears coordinators meet the media.  So how much will a new coaching staff improve the team?

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11 Bulls - including Cameron Payne - received a player vote to start in the All-Star Game

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11 Bulls - including Cameron Payne - received a player vote to start in the All-Star Game

Maybe the rest of the NBA has really taken notice of the Bulls' recent play. After all, they're 13-8 since a putrid 3-20 start and are within shouting distance (if you yell really loudly) of the No. 8 spot in the East.

So maybe that's why 11 different Bulls - including the infamous Cameron Payne - received at least one vote to start in the NBA All-Star Game in February. That, or the players could not care less about the voting process and made a mockery of it for a second straight year.

This could become a get-off-my-lawn story, and we could go on for hours about why the NBA should really reconsider giving players 25 percent of the vote on starters. Then again, as a whole they seemed to get it right in the East, with Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan in the backcourt, and LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid in the frontcourt. 

But instead of complaining, let's just get to the hilarious results and show you how the Bulls fared in both the player and fan voting (no Bulls received any media votes, because they shouldn't have).

Fun fact: The Bulls combined received 170,669 fan votes. That's about 5,000 less than Rockets center Clint Capela received. Their 31 combined player votes were two more than Carmelo Anthony received, so yeah.