When Kirk Hinrich was brought back home to the Chicago Bulls in 2012, his role was to fill the starting point guard spot for the Bulls for one season while star guard Derrick Rose recovered from injury. The team was built that offseason to function without Rose for that one season.
But when Rose went down with another injury 10 games into the 2013-14 campaign, Hinrich was again forced to step into the starting role for the Bulls with a much different supporting cast than the year before. Along with former Bulls guard DJ Augustine, the two were able to manage at the point guard spot throughout the season, and helped the Bulls grab homecourt in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
Now, with Hinrich’s contract up this summer, the Bulls did the right thing by re-signing one of the hardest workers in the locker room for another two seasons with the organization. After being forced into playing a role that he didn’t necessarily sign on for in 2012, Hinrich performed well given his/the team’s situation over the last two seasons, especially on the defensive end. Performances against the Miami Heat stand out to me as some of the better displays of Hinrich’s defensive prowess and truly gritty mentality.
With Rose healthy, the now 33-year-old Hinrich will likely finally fill the role he was brought to Chicago for — to play key minutes off the bench on a championship contender. Regardless if he is on the first or second unit, we all know what we are getting when Hinrich hits the floor; tough defense, decent shooting, and 110 percent effort on every possession.
He is a true professional, and as a true fan of both Hinrich and the Bulls, I sure would like to see Hinrich finish his career in a Bulls uniform.
Hinrich has spent nine of his 11 seasons in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, and has averaged 11 points and five assists per game over his career.