Rip Hamilton unsure about Tuesday

Updated: December 18, 2011, 4:55 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Newly acquired Chicago Bulls guard Rip Hamilton is still unsure whether he will play or not during the team's second preseason game against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

"We'll see," Hamilton said after Sunday's practice. "Every day I get a little better. It's a lot to learn. Everything's new for me. We'll see how it feels when it comes."

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau echoed those sentiments, noting that he'll probably make a decision after Monday's practice.

"We'll get another practice under his belt," Thibodeau said. "He looked pretty comfortable today in the scrimmaging so that will be the next step for him."

Thibodeau was noncommittal as to whether or not Ronnie Brewer would start again in the two guard spot, as he did during Friday night's first preseason game against the Pacers.

"I'm not sure yet what we'll do," Thibodeau said. "But both guys are going to play a lot."

The one thing that Thibodeau and Hamilton seem sure of is that he won't have much of an issue adjusting to playing with Bulls point guard Derrick Rose.

"The good thing about me is I don't dominate the ball," Hamilton said. "I'm not the type of player that wants to dribble the ball 10, 11, 12 times and the offense got to get stagnant and things like that. (Rose) can still do whatever he wants to do. He can control the team, and I'll just help out. I'm running, catch and shoot, make quick passes, quick decisions ... and it just keeps everybody in a nice little rhythm."

Rose agreed.

"It's easy with him," the reigning NBA MVP said. "Give the ball to me, run down. He's just running off screens the whole time. Other than that, it's isolation, one, two dribbles here, shot. If he doesn't have it (he'll) pass it out. His basketball IQ is very high. He helps everybody on the team just talking, just letting everybody know where he's at on the court. When you communicate, it makes everything easy."

When Hamilton is on the floor, Rose wants his teammates to follow the same rule.

"It's no adjustment," Rose said of playing with Hamilton. "I love it. I told him, told everybody, when he's on the floor, we just got to be able to knock down open shots because people have to go to him and show him a lot of respect. So we just got to learn how to do that and I think we should be good."

Hamilton sees a lot of similarities between his former partnership with Chauncey Billups and his new one with Rose.

"Way back then, when me and Chauncey first came together, people were very surprised how quick we adjusted," Hamilton said. "The thing was Chauncey wanted to control the team and do his thing at the point guard. I made his job easier because I didn't need the ball in my hand that long. I still allow him to do what he do. I come off screens, help him out offensively and things like that. It's kind of a similar (situation). Derrick is going to do what he does. He can do so many special things. My job is try to keep up with him and running up and down the court and making his job easier."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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