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Hamilton's return to Bulls lineup imminent?

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Hamilton's return to Bulls lineup imminent?

Although Rip Hamilton wasnt available to talk to the media following Monday mornings Bulls shootaround at the Berto Center, its clear that the 13-year NBA veteran shooting guard is making progress in his recovery from a right-shoulder injury.

Hes getting closer and closer. Hes doing well, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau explained about Hamilton, who has been a full participant in recent team practice and shootaround sessions. Hes been engaged, hes been around. He had misfortune of getting hurt three times. Hopefully hell be healthy for good now.

Chimed in fellow injured backcourt partner Derrick Rose: Hes looking good. Hes moving better than I am right now. Hes in the practice. Im just on the side, just watching. But hes moving good. If anything, I think that hell be able to play any given night.

Hes shooting a lot of shots. You saw him over there, after practice shooting. Hes getting back to his regular self.

Hamiltons been absent so often this season that after a huge buzz when he was acquired following the end of the lockout, hes been almost an afterthought as of late, but the former All-Star has been working diligently to return to the lineup and according to sources familiar with his situation, he could be playing sooner than many expect, as hes now shooting from range again, an important part of his recovery process, since he initially didnt have a full range of motion in his shooting arm. In an ideal world, Thibodeau would want both Rose and Hamilton to take on contact in practice before playing again, but in this stretch run of the condensed schedule, that may not occur.

Right now were not doing a whole lot of contact in practice either. But theyre doing more and more each day, the coach said. Just the fact that theyre doing more and more on the court, Im watching how theyre responding to things. Each day they do more and more, then the next day there havent been any repercussions, so thats good. Step by step, but Im encouraged.

While Rose vowed to return when he feels ready, Thibodeau explained that Hamiltons return will be a decision by committee.

He has to be cleared for contact by the medical people first and of course, he has input in that because he only knows how he actually feels, so itll be Rip, the doctors, the trainers and once they clear him, then hell go, he said.

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

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Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: