Rip's back, but Bulls still rise with Rose

With their first five finally healthy, the Bulls can hit their stride

Updated: February 29, 2012, 9:10 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- As it turned out, Rip doesn't stand for "resting in plainclothes."

Richard "Alive and Well" Hamilton returned to the Chicago Bulls' lineup for the first time in nearly a month, marking the sixth game this season the Bulls' planned starting five actually started and just the 12th for Hamilton.

For a minute, I thought he was on the Jerome James' plan.

That's a joke, and if you watched Tuesday's nailbiter 99-95 win over the star-studded New Orleans ...

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