Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Richard Hamilton struggled in his injury plagued first season with the Bulls, and expects his second season in Chicago to be better.
Richard Hamilton played just 28 regular season games for the Chicago Bulls last year, the lowest total of his 13-year NBA career. Hamilton believes he'll be healthier in his second season with the Bulls, and talked about his injury plagued 2011-12 season, via CSN Chicago:
"I couldn’t get on the floor. Then, when I did get on the floor, Derrick went out. It was crazy. I said it from the beginning of the year, with all those games in a short amount of time … I’m just happy that it’s a regular season again."
Hamilton has been impressing his teammates thus far in training camp, and feels that having a full camp this year will help him form a better understanding with them. He noted that the lockout-shortened camp may have led to some of his struggles during his first season with the Bulls:
"Last year I didn’t even get to play in training camp, so everything was learned on the fly with no practices. So it’s fun for me now because I get an opportunity to really learn Thibs, learn the system, learn everything. Offensively, I’ve always been a player to study the offense and knowing where to get shots, knowing where things are open. Last year it was on the fly, like, 'How do I use Carlos Boozer to my advantage? How do I use Joakim Noah to my advantage?'"
Hamilton averaged just 11.6 ppg last season, his lowest figure since his rookie season and down from his 17.5 ppg career mark. 2011-12 was also the first time since his rookie season that Hamilton averaged under 25 minutes per game, and only the third time in his career he's averaged under 32.