Without Derrick Rose for the first half of the season (at least), the Bulls have relied on a collective effort on the offensive end to make up for their leading scorer. While the new bench is still adjusting to Thibodeau’s system, the starters are relied on heavily – everyone but Kirk Hinrich is averaging in double figures scoring. One of those bench members will have to step up, as Rip Hamilton’s freak non-contact foot injury (plantar fascia tear) is going to keep him sidelined for an unknown amount of time. Marco Belinelli and Jimmy Butler will see their minutes rise, with the latter picking up the bulk of them. The Bulls may also sign a player at veteran minimum salary if they wish.
According to ESPN:
Chicago Bulls guard Rip Hamilton will be out indefinitely after tearing the plantar fascia in his left foot Saturday night.
“We’ll see,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Hamilton’s prognosis after Monday’s practice. “It could be a week, it could be two weeks, it could be longer. On