Richard Hamilton Frustrated by Benching
Game 1 of the Bulls’ series against the Nets marked the first time in 127 career playoff games that Richard Hamilton came off the bench. The next game brought the first “Did Not Play—Coach’s Decision” distinction of his decorated career.
And now, despite coach Tom Thibodeau’s mantra that “we need everybody,” Hamilton has dropped out of the rotation, with even Daequan Cook logging time ahead of him on the Bulls’ depleted roster.
“It’s hard. I have to be honest,” Hamilton told the Tribune. “The only thing I can do is be a good teammate, help my guys out. Try to talk and communicate with them as best as possible to understand time, score and situation. Just try to be as positive and give them advice from all the stuff that I know about the playoffs.”