INDIANAPOLIS--Although new Bulls acquisition Richard Hamilton will be allowed to wear his trademark headband--team general manager Gar Forman said the organization will make an "exception" to its long-standing rule because Hamilton needs the accessory to keep sweat out of his face when paired with his protective mask--the veteran shooting guard won't need it Friday night. That's because he won't play in the Bulls' preseason opener against the Pacers.
"One day and a shootaround, I didn't feel comfortable with it," said Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. "He'll get up to speed pretty quickly. Today, even with just one day of practice, he seemed a lot more comfortable, so I'm confident that he'll move along."
Hamilton agreed with the decision.
"Thursday was my first practice, getting in tune with everybody, learning the system offensively and defensively, schemes and stuff like that," said Hamilton. "I just want to be fully prepared and he thought so, too, that I should be fully prepared before I go on the floor."
"It's a lot of information I'm trying to learn in short window of time," he continued, before speculating on whether he'd play in next week's preseason finale, at the United Center, in a rematch against the Pacers. "We'll see. We'll play it by ear, day by day and hopefully I can learn more."
Thibodeau also commented on the Bulls' decision to waive the man Hamilton will potentially replace--returnee Ronnie Brewer will start Friday's game--Keith Bogans.
"We have a great appreciation for what he did. I thought he had an unbelievable year for us last year," said Thibodeau. "He filled his role great, played great defense each and every night, knocked down open threes, he's the consummate professional and we wish him well."
In another expected team transaction, the Bulls also waived veteran guard and Chicago native Jannero Pargo.