Tuesday , Dec , 02 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Larry Hughes Unhappy Coming off Bench

The Bulls need Hughes to provide a spark off the bench and be a leader of the second unit, but it remains to be seen how he’ll react to the role.

"I’m not sure," he said Sunday. "At this point of my career, that’s not a role that I want for myself right now. But I have to go out and play the minutes, play the game."

For one game, at least, Hughes excelled in the role, providing 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting in 24 minutes and playing a key role in the comeback victory. "(Hughes) played well, solid,” coach Vinny Del Negro said. "He moved the basketball, made shots, and he’s consistently been doing that. Larry’s been fine. No problems there. We’re gonna try to find him minutes. They’re probably not gonna be as many as he wants, but that’s the situation right now.”