Richard Hamilton was told by Chicago Bulls officials that he will miss up to a month with his torn plantar fascia, but he wants to return before then.

"They said four weeks," Hamilton said Friday. "But they said I could probably come back before that. Everybody’s body is different.

"I thought the tape exploded on my foot. In talking to the doctor, he told me that it was a good thing that happened. When you have plantar fasciitis, it tends to stick with players all year. If you pop it, it’s actually a good thing. Once it heals, it’s OK."

Hamilton suffered the injury last Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers.