The Bulls have officially wrapped up their preseason, but Friday’s game saw new starting point guard Kirk Hinrich sitting in the same place the original starter Derrick Rose is — the bench with an injury.
Hinrich tweaked his groin and was forced to miss the Bulls preseason finale, but he’s vowing to start in the season opener on Wednesday.
“I’m still pretty sore, so I’m just trying to do everything I need to get better,” Hinrich said. “Really, I haven’t done too much. Rode the bike, a lot of treatment, stuff to try to get me going in the right direction.”
The Bulls guard said he hurt his groin in the first half of the Bulls game against the Thunder. He also said that had Friday’s game been a regular season bout, he wasn’t sure he would have played. But Hinrich vowed that with rest and treatment he’ll be able to go on Wednesday when Chicago kicks off their season.
Having Hinrich already ailing isn’t going to get Bulls fans rallying in Chicago. Obviously the start of the season is going to generate interest, but there’s an undeniable cloud over the event. There is no Derrick Rose, a banged up Luol Deng and the guy who was supposed replace Rose and boost interest in the meantime is injured as well.
This season has incredibly low expectations, and the injury frustration that has hung around Chicago for the last year is carrying over into year three of the Tom Thibodeau era.