Hamilton in starting lineup for Bulls tonight

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Hamilton in starting lineup for Bulls tonight

Not only will Richard Hamilton makes his Bulls debut Tuesday, he'll be a starter.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau ended the speculation after the team's Tuesday-morning shootaround.

"He's going to play," said Thibodeau. "We're going to change up the starting lineup. Rip's going to start tonight; Ronnie Brewer is going to be with the second unit."

"We'll see when Hamilton gets out there, what he can handle, he added. "I just want to see improvement from our last game...I'd like to see us take better care of the ball, I'd like to see us finish our defense better, so those are two of the primary things."

Hamilton discussed his feelings on his first game as a Bull, playing a familiar foe in the Central Division rival Pacers -- he saw plenty of Indiana as a longtime Detroit Piston -- in the preseason contest.

"It's a great chance to get out there with the guys and play in a game situation," said Hamilton. "The crazy part about it is, I'm nervous before every game. Once the ball's thrown up, I'm ready to roll. It's the anticipation of getting back out there playing."

Hamilton said he's gradually adjusting to the new system.

"Still learning. I'm more comfortable when we go up and down, and scrimmage, because you're playing off reaction," he explained. "But every day, I'm getting better."

"You can't put a time limit on it," Hamilton went on to say. "On this team, there's no ball hogs. Guys always try to make plays for each other, guys always help each other out and when you have that, it makes the game so much easier because during the regular season, you can get different plays just off individual talent, but once the playoffs start, you really need your teammates."

Brewer, who started the preseason-opening win over the Pacers, was diplomatic about the move.

"I talked to Coach about it earlier today and he just wants to give a different look. It's fine with me. I'm comfortable playing with either group. Last year, I played the entire season with the second unit, 'Bench Mob,' we had great chemistry and that's one of the things we talked about," he said. "I just want to play. It doesn't matter what role I'm playing in," he continued. "Hamilton has been doing a phenomenal job.

"He's picking it up offensively and defensively."

Chicago man steals the show at Oscars, gets gifts from hometown sports teams

Chicago man steals the show at Oscars, gets gifts from hometown sports teams

Leave it to a Chicago man to steal the show at the biggest awards ceremony on the planet.

Gary, an unsuspecting tourist who arrived on the Academy Awards stage as part of an elaborate Jimmy Kimmel gag, got the opportunity of a lifetime. Along with his fiance, he chatted up some of the most famous celebrities in Hollywood and even got Denzel Washington to preside over his wedding. 

Now, the internet sensation is getting some love from his hometown basketball squad. The Chicago Bulls tweeted an invitation for when he returns to the Windy City. 

Gary, who was rocking a purple iPhone case, will also be receiving a gift from the Bears.

Not bad for a vacation to California. Keep living the dream, Gary, but please don't let us find out that you're actually from the suburbs.

 

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

In a season where the triple-double has become commonplace to the point of stat chasing in the effort to chase history, Dwyane Wade didn't mind snatching his own piece of turf.

In a game where teammate Jimmy Butler reached the feat for the first time this season, it would've been doubly satisfactory for Wade to achieve the fifth triple-double of his career.

One rebound away in the final seconds of the Bulls' 117-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the memo didn't reach Cristiano Felicio, who reached over Wade to grab a rebound, causing it to harmlessly fall out of bounds and ending Wade's chance at history.

After Wade finished with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in 34 minutes, he was asked if he "hated" Felicio for interrupting his moment.

"No hate. Just a strong dislike, though," said Wade with a wry smile. "You know how long it's been since I had a triple double? It's been a long time."

It's been six years, as his last triple-double came in the 2010-11 season with the Miami Heat, achieving the feat with a 22-point, 12-rebound and 10-assist performance against the then-Charlotte Bobcats on Feb. 4, 2011.

Even more than the statistical feat was Wade's variety, as he grabbed seven rebounds in the decisive third-quarter run that broke the game open, hitting Butler and Bobby Portis for long touchdown passes that would've had Jay Cutler or whichever quarterback the Cleveland Browns are banking on next fall, blushing.

Perhaps even more impressive was the fact it was on the second night of a back-to-back with the Bulls winning in overtime against the Phoenix Suns—a game where Wade turned it up late then threw it down over Alex Len in overtime.

"I think we just found our groove," Wade said. "We've had some injuries that have gone on but we're playing good basketball."

More pointedly, so is Wade, aided by him often finding Felicio for easy dunks on the pick and roll as they play second and fourth quarters together. 

Felicio was clearly bothered by his gaffe, which was made worse by the take-no-prisoners approach from Wade and Butler. When a member of foreign media approached him about an interview, Felicio said "you're not asking me about that last rebound, are you?"

Later in the evening, Felicio went to Twitter, posting "I did not know!!" in reference to Wade's night.

"I told him I didn't not even gonna act like I ain't mad at him. I'm very mad at him," said Wade with a laugh. "But he's all good. He said he didn't see me down there. So he took a shot at my height. It's cool. Jimmy had one. It would've been nice to have two triple doubles."

"I'm sure a stat would've came out that would've said, ‘Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler are the first duo to get a triple-double on a back-to-back since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen', since they got every record around here."

He was close, although Jordan and Pippen didn't achieve their feat on a back-to-back but a random night in the 1988-89 season. Jordan scored 41 with 11 assists and 10 rebounds and Pippen had 15 with 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 126-121 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We laugh about that often, but it's all good," Wade said. "I gotta work harder till I get another one one day."