Chicago Bulls’ shooting guard Richard Hamilton played through his NBA foot injury on Saturday, but will need an MRI to determine if he’ll be off the court for a while.
The injury happened during the Bulls’ bout with the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center on November 27. Hamilton jumped to throw a pass to Carlos Boozer in the third quarter when he felt a “pop.”
''[It happened] when I jumped up,'' Hamilton said. ''As soon as I came off my feet, that's when I really felt something on the bottom of my foot.''
Hamilton was carried into the trainer's room by teammates. The Bulls later announced that Hamilton had sprained his left foot and that it was unknown whether he would be able to return to the game.
''It was a lot scarier than I thought,'' said Hamilton.
Before he could be taken for x-rays, Hamilton returned to the floor to hit three free throws in the final 14 seconds, winning the game 93-88.
''It was sore, when it was a lot of adrenaline in the game,'' Hamilton said. ''I know I wasn't 100 percent. But I felt I could still get out there and help the team win.'''
But the victory over the 76ers came at a price: an injury that could keep their veteran shooting guard in the locker room for the next few weeks. Although his injury status is currently unclear, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau assured reporters that team’s trainer cleared Hamilton to return and play that night.
''Fred [Tedeschi, the team's trainer] told me that we can use him if we needed him,'' Thibodeau said. ''I felt we needed him.''