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Friday, December 7, 2012
Richard Hamilton (foot) improving

By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com

BEVERLY HILLS, Mich. -- In his first comments since tearing the plantar fascia in his left foot in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton said Friday he was originally told he would be out about four weeks.

"(The doctors) said four weeks, but they said I could probably come back before that," Hamilton said. "Everybody's body is different. It's just one of them things where you want to try and get better every day."

Hamilton, who missed 38 games last season because of various injuries, said he is feeling better each day. He has been receiving ice, stim and ultrasound treatments, as well as massages on the foot to try and get back on the floor as soon as possible.

"It's getting a little better every day," Hamilton said. "We've been really working hard on it, trying to get flexibility, trying to get the swelling and the blood that's in there down. Every day it gets better; the good thing about it is there hasn't been a setback or anything like that."

Hamilton wasn't surprised that he was hurt badly. He said after Saturday's game that he felt a "pop" in his foot.

"It was the craziest (thing)," he said. "I thought the tape exploded on my foot. When talking to Dr. (Brian) Cole, he told me it was probably a good thing that it happened ... when you have (plantar fasciitis) it tends to stick with players all year. With me popping it, it was actually a good thing that once it heals it will be OK."

Marco Belinelli has been starting in Hamilton's place and had his best game of the season Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring 23 points. Hamilton likes what he has seen from Belinelli and Jimmy Butler.

"(Belinelli's) a shooter," Hamilton said. "I told him 'You shoot too good to be pump-faking.' I thought he did good. Jimmy's been getting better each and every game all season, so I like the way he's been playing."

Hamilton is frustrated about his lingering injury problems, especially considering he will miss Friday's game against his old team, the Detroit Pistons. He spent nine seasons in Detroit before signing with the Bulls just before the start of last season.

"This is the game I've got on my calendar, if any," Hamilton said. "This is the one game that you mark before the season even starts and say, 'All right, I can't wait.' And to be injured is frustrating to me because you want to help your team get a win."