Bulls Need Hamilton to Beat HEAT?
The temptation is to believe that the Bulls don’t need Rip Hamilton to get where they want to go.
It’s a powerful temptation based on the way the team has chewed through the schedule without him for most of the season and without Derrick Rose for some of it.
Everything’s good, right? Who needs a 34-year-old who can’t seem to stay healthy? Who needs a guy who wears an invisibility cloak over his uniform?
The Bulls do. They need a rickety, sharp-shooting Hamilton, even if their NBA-best 40-11 record would seem to scream down the very idea of it.
The reasons the Bulls signed Hamilton in December haven’t gone away. They still need another element to throw at the Heat. They still need somebody with more offensive skills than Keith Bogans gave them last season.