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Thibodeau postpones Hamilton's return

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Thibodeau postpones Hamilton's return

After fully participating in Friday morning's shootaround and experiencing days of at least some contact, it appeared as if Rip Hamilton would return to the lineup against his former team, the Pistons, Friday night, something that even sources close to the situation believed as of the afternoon of the game.

However, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau elected to play it safe and while Hamilton dressed, the veteran shooting guard sat out of the Bulls' home win over Detroit.

"He's real close and I just thought another day would be good. I talked to him before the game and I wasn't quite comfortable with him yet, so I told him to hold another day and we'll see where he is after tomorrow, but he's been doing great," Thibodeau explained. "We've patient this long. I just wanted to make sure that it's the right timeframe."

Thibodeau allayed concerns that Hamilton had any setbacks or wasn't in game condition.

"His conditioning actually was great, but it's hard to read because a game is totally different. Right now, we have minimal contact in practice, so that's where it becomes difficult to read where he is, in terms of taking hits," he said.

"He's going to get hit out there when he's coming off screens and the contact's part of the game, so we're playing it safe and it was more my call than his. We're going to do some stuff again tomorrow and then make our decision after that."

Thibodeau didn't rule out that Hamilton could play in Sunday's marquee matchup at Oklahoma City.

Said the coach: "He wants to play and I just want to make sure that it's the right time."

As far as the Bulls' other currently-sidelined starting guard, reigning league MVP Derrick Rose, Thibodeau was more hesitant to declare the All-Star point guard ready for action.

"He's a ways away. He's making good, steady progress, but we'll see. We don't know how he'll be tomorrow," said Thibodeau. "He's moving in the right direction, he's doing more and more each day. He's getting a lot closer also."

Bulls Talk Podcast: Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and draft impact on the Bulls

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and draft impact on the Bulls

Mark Schanowski is joined by Will Perdue and Mark Strotman to preview the NBA draft.

0:50       Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and expectations for the Lakers

3:20       What’s next for the Lakers?

4:15       Is the ‘3-star’ approach the right way to win a title?

6:55       Were Bulls even close to trading Zach LaVine? Would a trade for Ball have been a positive?

10:45    On the best type of point guard to pair with LaVine and rumors on Darius Garland

14:08    Would Coby White be a good fit for the Bulls?

16:55    On the potential wings available at 7

18:50    Perdue on Reddish upside

19:35    Concern over the ‘low-motor’ red flag with Reddish, are Bulls able to take a risk?

22:30    On finding a point guard in free agency

24:10    Predictions for Bulls at 7

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Seven Cubs in line to advance to next round of MLB All-Star Game voting

Seven Cubs in line to advance to next round of MLB All-Star Game voting

In the second and final update before the first round of voting closes, the Cubs are still all over All-Star Game voting.

It’s basically status quo in the update. Willson Contreras and Javy Baez are still blowing away the field at their positions, with more than twice as many votes as the closest player.

Kris Bryant remains solidly in second at third base. Anthony Rizzo fell to third behind Freddie Freeman of the Braves, but he is still comfortably ahead of Max Muncy of the Dodgers for the top three spot that will advance him to MLB’s new Starters Election.

All three Cubs outfielders are set to advance as well. Albert Almora Jr. moved up from fifth to fourth and Jason Heyward moved up from seventh to fifth. Interestingly, Bryce Harper is the odd man out, for now, sitting 10th among NL outfielders.

That gives the Cubs seven players set to advance to the Starters Election. Voting for this round closes Friday at 3 p.m. CT. The Starters Election features the top three at each individual position and top nine among outfielders.

 

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