Rose, Hamilton still in adjustment period

Rose, Hamilton still in adjustment period
April 23, 2012, 1:47 am
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When the Bulls signed Richard Hamilton in December, they envisioned him pairing with Derrick Rose to form one of the top guard duos in the NBA. But injuries have made it impossible for them to get 100 percent comfortable together.

Rose and Hamilton have only been in the starting lineup 17 times together after missing a combined 63 games.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Rose knows the two still have room to grow as backcourt mates.

"Have I learned how to hit him in stride? Well, I'm getting to that," Rose told the Tribune's Vaughn McClure. "I've been out, shoot, 26 games. But I have been able to watch his tendency and where he wants the ball. The only thing I know is if I deliver the ball to him, it's got to be pretty hard."

Hamilton appears to be as healthy as he's been all season, playing in the last 10 games and averaging 17.25 points in over 28 minutes over his last four. Meanwhile, Rose returned from a three-game layoff for a foot injury Saturday night and said he was feeling good afterwards.

With only two games left in the regular season, Rose and Hamilton might need to use the first round of the playoffs to build the quality chemistry that could lead to a NBA championship.