While many Chicago Bulls fans weren’t thrilled with the team’s top free agent target being Kirk Hinrich in the 2012 offseason, there were a few people glad to have the veteran back.
Important people, to say the least.Both head coach Tom Thibodeau and point guard Derrick Rose gave their vote of confidence to Hinrich at the team’s media day on Monday, with the latter even helping recruit the former Bull back to the Windy City.
“Kirk is someone I could see playing alongside a long time,” Rose said. “When you’re a hooper and you know someone on the court is going into a battle with you, and he’s not giving up if he knows you are going to keep battling, and I’m someone that will keep fighting to the end, and he’s the same as you. So why not have him on the team? Kirk is the first person I recruited.”
Hinrich will look to lead the offense while the former MVP recovers from knee surgery. At 31 years old, Hinrich’s quickness has deteriorated somewhat. However, the veteran can still play solid defense and is an option at both the 1 and 2 positions. The former Kansas Jayhawk is also a threat from beyond the arc, shooting 37.8 percent for his career from long distance.
Hinrich is the prototypical player for the Bulls organization: hardworking, gritty, and a class-act. His veteran presence should also help ease some of the chemistry issues while many new faces try to learn to gel together.
Another encouraging aspect of the Hinrich move is the fact that Rose finally decided to help recruit someone. Notably absent during the free agent bonanza that included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, I would assume that Rose’s pull could help land players in the future. Rose is humble and well-respected around the league, and should be able to influence a new crop of free agents in the upcoming years, if he puts his mind to it.
Zach Mink covers the Chicago Bulls for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @zachmink12 for more news and analysis.