The official estimate is "indefinitely," and it seems obvious that Bulls shooting guard Richard Hamilton will be out for several weeks.
He aggravated a groin strain and left thigh bruise on Sunday against Miami and missed the next two games against Washington and Philadelphia. Since Hamilton has missed 13 games already, he clearly leads time to heal and then ease himself back into playing shape.
"Last game, it was killing me the whole second half," Hamilton said Wednesday, according to espn.com. "Then the next day it was even 20 times worse.
"It's one of those things, you want to be out there. I know everybody says look at the big picture, look at the end (of the season), but it's tough because you want to be out there now. You want to play now and my body's not allowing me to play right now."
Hamilton, who signed with the Bulls just before the season began, turns 34 on Feb. 14.
The groin strain originally occurred in the Dec. 30 game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Hamilton missed 10 games, returned and played well, then sat out the Jan. 27 game against Milwaukee with a thigh bruise.
"I want to make sure this time he's completely healthy," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "I think a guy like that, you've just got to be careful with. So that's what we're going to do."
Luol Deng, meanwhile, has missed six games with a torn ligament in his left wrist. There's a chance he could return for Thursday's game at New York, the fourth stop on a nine-game road trip.