HoopsHype Kirk Hinrich rumors

May 2, 2013 Updates

During the Game 5 telecast on TNT, Kerr was asked about Rose working through the mental hurdles of coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and said, “I think where the Bulls are now with this series with Kirk Hinrich struggling with the calf injury, if Derrick is OK and there’s no threat to further injury, I think he’s got to play. He has to put himself out there for 15-20 minutes. “Look at what [Joakim] Noah and Hinrich are putting themselves through with their injuries. I think it’s time for Derrick . . . maybe he owes it to his teammates.” Hinrich said Rose doesn’t owe them anything. “We don’t feel that way,’’ Hinrich said. “We know what kind of guy he is and what kind of teammate he is, and we don’t feel that way. I haven’t heard one ill word said about it. Chicago Sun-Times

May 1, 2013 Updates
April 29, 2013 Updates

The Bulls will be without point guard Kirk Hinrich on Monday night against Brooklyn because of a bruised left calf. His absence might give Game 4 star Nate Robinson a chance to start in the potential clincher for Chicago. Hinrich was hurt during Saturday's 142-134 triple-overtime victory, playing through the injury to finish with 18 points and a playoff career-high 14 assists in 60 minutes. But he was wearing a walking boot Monday, walking with a noticeable limp. "We've dealt with injuries all year," Hinrich said at the Bulls' morning shootaround. "Nate's been huge for us all year. He's had those type of games. He's been huge for us. We're confident in our guys." New York Post

The Chicago Bulls will try to close out their series against the Brooklyn Nets without guard Kirk Hinrich, who will miss Game 5 on Monday because of a bruised left calf. Hinrich, who had 18 points and 14 assists in almost 60 minutes during the Bulls' triple-overtime victory in Game 4 on Saturday, was wearing a walking boot during Monday morning's shootaround. ESPN.com

Hinrich, who said he couldn't put any weight on his left foot when he woke up on Monday, is unsure whether he will be back if Game 6 is necessary on Thursday. "I wish I could tell you," Hinrich said. "We're just going to treat it like crazy and do everything they tell me to do, and hopefully I won't have to sit out more than one game." ESPN.com

April 28, 2013 Updates

His extensive workload came on a left calf muscle sore enough that he needed a postgame MRI. Results weren't immediately available, but Hinrich said the injury "is pretty bad." Given his grittiness, Hinrich will play in Game 5 on Monday if at all possible. His 18 points and 14 assists marked his first playoff double-double since May 2007, and his assists tied the franchise playoff mark shared by Michael Jordan and Sam Vincent. "He's unbelievable," coach Tom Thibodeau said. Chicago Tribune

April 21, 2013 Updates
March 28, 2013 Updates

"Let me calculate my thoughts real fast before I say (what I want to say)," James said. "I believe and I know that a lot of my fouls are not basketball plays. First of all, Kirk Hinrich in the first quarter basically grabbed me with two hands and brought me to the ground. The last one, Taj Gibson was able to collar me around my shoulder and bring me to the ground. Those are not defensive ... those are not basketball plays." ESPN.com

"The play before, there was a play earlier in the game where he was barreling down on me," Hinrich said. "I got the foul but he almost made it so I kind of ... you don't realize how strong that guy is and you forget sometimes, but with his speed and strength, you can't take anything for granted, so I still feel like I got the worst of it, obviously. But it was just one of those plays. I knew I was going to try to take a foul and then I just started going backwards and pulled him with me." ESPN.com

March 15, 2013 Updates

Hinrich suffered a setback. And thus, the Bulls again will be extremely shorthanded for Friday's late tipoff against the Warriors. Hinrich sat out Friday's morning shootaround at the University of San Francisco War Memorial gymnasium, joining Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton -- who remains away from the team -- on the sidelines. "It's pretty sore," Hinrich said. "At least I know where I'm at. After that little level of activity, I still have a little ways to go I guess." Chicago Tribune

March 4, 2013 Updates

Hinrich wore a walking boot as he entered Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and Thibodeau said he's day-to-day. Hinrich remained in the off-limits training room getting treatment and didn't speak with reporters. Making the injury even crazier is how upbeat Hinrich acted and talked after Saturday's victory over the Nets. His 12-point, four-assist night marked his third straight game in double figures after missing 10 of the previous 11 games with right elbow issues. "I'm feeling better," Hinrich said late Saturday in Chicago. "I'm playing some bigger minutes and just trying to take care of myself." Chicago Tribune

February 3, 2013 Updates

Bulls starting point guard Kirk Hinrich will miss ‘‘a week or so’‘ after getting his injured right elbow ‘‘cleaned out’’ on Friday in Chicago, coach Tom Thibodeau said. The fear is that Hinrich’s status might be the good news on the injury front. Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer also did not play against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. Chicago Sun-Times

February 2, 2013 Updates

Center Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis in right foot) and power forward Carlos Boozer (right hamstring) also won't play against the Hawks. The Bulls started Luol Deng, Richard Hamilton, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson against Atlanta. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Hinrich flew back to Chicago on Friday to be examined by team physician Dr. Brian Cole. "It's probably going to be about a week or so," Thibodeau said. "They cleaned it up; he needs a little bit of time for it to heal up ... It was just swollen. It was in a tough place because he kept breaking it open. He's on the floor all the time so they just had to go in there and clean it up a little bit." ESPN.com

February 1, 2013 Updates
December 16, 2012 Updates

Kirk Hinrich participated fully in practice Sunday and, barring a setback, said he plans to play Monday in Memphis after missing two games with a bruised left knee. Hinrich said he suffered the injury during the third quarter of last Tuesday's home loss to the Clippers when he banged knees with Chris Paul. It worsened on the team's charter flight to Philadelphia that night. "It seemed just like a normal bruised knee," Hinrich said. "Once I got on the airplane, it started bothering me all around the knee. It started swelling up. And it’s been hurting since." Chicago Tribune

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