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Bulls coach won't talk about Rip Hamilton

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Tom Thibodeau doesn't want to talk about Rip Hamilton joining the team even if it's looking more and more like the Bulls signing the former Piston is a mere formality.

"I'm not worried about the guys who aren't here," the Bulls coach said. "I'm just worried about our guys. Like I said yesterday, I'm more than happy with the group we have here."

The Pistons plan to buy out Hamilton's contract and there is mutual interest between the veteran two-guard and the Bulls, according to numerous published and Internet reports. The Bulls are offering a $5 million midlevel exception.

Thibodeau did say incorporating a new player into the mix after a few days of training camp isn't a big deal.

"A lot of that stuff you can do with film sessions, bringing them in early and staying late," he said. "You can get them up to speed pretty quickly. It would be similar if you were making a trade. The guys here, they do pick up things quickly."

The Bulls had only 11 players in camp for the second straight day, which wasn't all bad.

"In some ways it's good," Thibodeau said. "You're not getting as much rest but there's an advantage to that also. There are groups on the floor at all times. Sometimes in training camp you would have 17 guys and there's a lot of standing around. In some ways this is better."

Rookie Jimmy Butler was the last player on the floor when the 2 1/2-hour practice ended.

"He's a hungry kid," Joakim Noah said. "Very attentive. His defensive principles are very good for a rookie. When I was a rookie I was completely lost out there. I had no idea what was going on. Everything was so new to me. He picks things up really, really fast. It's such as big learning curve."

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