The results from Rip Hamilton's MRI were a torn plantar fascia, and the team's official PR release was one simple statement: "Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton had an MRI today that revealed he has a torn Plantar Fascia in his left foot. He will return to play as his symptoms permit."
K.C. Johnson noted that James Johnson missed one game with a similar injury
When James Johnson suffered a partially torn plantar fascia as a Bull in 2010, he missed one game. Tearing the plantar fascia actually is better than suffering from plantar fasciitis. One treatment option for the painful latter condition actually is tearing the plantar fascia to begin healing.
Either Marco Belinelli or Jimmy Butler will start at shooting guard. Hamilton could be out a week or more.
If you google up torn plantar fascia, the recovery time doesn't look nearly as optimistic as what the Bulls are expecting. However, the one week prognosis (as well as the wording about returning as symptoms permit) both imply a much better case than my google research on the topic.
Let's just hope this doesn't become like the groin pull last year where he's rushed back too soon, reaggravates the injury repeatedly and has trouble staying healthy. Prior to this, the Bulls had been fairly blessed with injuries this season so far which is especially relieving given the injury prone nature of virtually the entire squad as well as the massive amounts of minutes the starters are asked to log.
The interesting question is who starts in place of Rip. It will likely be Jimmy Butler or Marco Belinelli, but it wouldn't be completely insane to start Nate Robinson along side Hinrich and shuffle one to the bench earlier or use Marquis Teague off the bench if they wanted to promote him over Marco while leaving Butler in the same role he normally plays.
Also note, that Jimmy Butler played 48 minutes in a preseason game once this season, so my guess is Thibodeau will have no problem going to Butler as the starter and having him average 40 minutes until Hamilton gets back. The problem, of course, is that eight of those minutes need to be spent spelling starter Luol Deng which still leaves about 16 minutes at SG.
I'd guess Belinelli initially gets the nod to fill those minutes, but if he's unsuccessful then look for a small backcourt with Hinrich/Robinson playing more together.