Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bulls' Hamilton Has Torn Plantar Fascia

An MRI revealed Sunday that Chicago Bulls guard Richard "Rip" Hamilton tore his plantar fascia in his left foot. The team's official PR release stated: "Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton had an MRI today that revealed he has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He will return to play as his symptoms permit."
Hamilton injured the foot in the third quarter of the Bulls' win over Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. The injury occurred with three minutes left in the quarter and was helped off the floor by teammates Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng, putting no weight on his foot. 
Hamilton said after the game, "I heard something pop." He sat out 38 games last season because of a myriad of injuries, so he was rightly upset about the tear. 
"Just the simple fact that there was nobody around. They always say the worst injuries are when nobody's around and you didn't fall down on nobody's foot or anything like that so it's just one of them things that when it happened scared me. When I felt it I didn't want to put no pressure on it, but it wasn't a whole lot of pain. That's why it was so freaky to me," said Hamilton.
Hamilton returned to the game Saturday night (we don't know how), hitting three of four free throws in clinch the 93-88 victory. "When Rip came back trainer Fred Tedeschi said we could use him if needed," said coach Tom Thibodeau. "We needed him. I have not talked to them about the injury, we wanted him out there for the free throw situation."
There is some debate as to who will start in Hamilton's place while his plantar fascia heals. It will likely be Jimmy Butler or Marco Belinelli, but Nate Robinson works well with Hinrich. 
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