Hinrich expected to miss 1-2 weeks

Per Bulls.com

November 30, 2009 -- Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich
was examined this morning by Bulls head team physician Dr. Brian Cole
and hand specialists Dr. John Fernandez and Dr. Marc Cohen of Midwest
Orthopedics at Rush University. Their examination confirmed the earlier
diagnosis of a left thumb sprain. He is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.

Well, it beats something considerably worse, but the Bulls are going to struggle with Hinrich out for that long. 

I don't think this is a long enough absence that they bring in anyone else on to the roster though.

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  • wow 2 weeks of seeing Hunter and Pargo. I dont want to wish injury but I hope Hunter goes down so they we would have no choice but to go add a guard.

  • How does ESPN have us 17 in the rankings? seriously? We are ahead of the Bobcats, Clippers, and Horntes. Those teams have played considerably better than us of late. Bulls diserve to be like 20 or 21.

  • Paxson has destroyed the Bulls! If the slow clock eating career inconsistent streak shooting Hinrich is important to the Bulls success, the Bulls are in real trouble!

    Reality, No-Shot Noah in his third season was in shape for the first time at the start of the regular season! Did you see Noah get pushed around by good and strong forwards and centers in the blow outs! Noah is still a weakling........where are the coaches and trainers. Why don't they make sure he is lifting all year. Every one knows that Noah is lazy!

    The gross over rating of Hinrich, Noah and Deng and the over all lack of talent is terrible. Signing a big time free agent next year is a joke! Any way the Bulls won't spend the money! One big time free agent is not enough to turn these Bulls around!

  • Doug if he is willing what would be the risk in bringing in Antonio Daniels? Solid veteran combo guard who can defend both backcourt spots, can handle the ball and plays well in an uptempo offense.

  • Well not letting go of our best player in favor of keeping a bench combo guard is a good start. Not being allergic to the LT would be another good one. Not handing out 70-80 mill would be a third. You can argue about their thoughts at the time and what not but the bottom line is the organization favors their kinda guy over the most talented guys.

  • Pay no attention to the dead horse being beaten on the side of the road, but...

    If there was ever an opportunity to run James Johnson in a Point Forward role for a few minutes, this is it. And to say that Johnson needs to make less mistakes and play more consistently is a crutch. Because Hunter has been arguably the most ineffective guard in the NBA this year, and aside from two games, Pargo has sunk this team for extended stretches with his horrible shot selection and defensive deficiencies.

    In his limited time, Johnson has shown flashes of skills neither of those guys have sniffed in their last 3 years. Particularly in his ability to rebound the ball, push it up court and finish or draw a foul on the other end. Does he make "rookie mistakes"? Sure, but he's a rookie. But why not play him more than 6 minutes and see if the good outweighs the bad. At the very least, he tries to make something happen. Which is more than you can say for a majority of their stand-around-waiting-to-be-passed-to roster.

  • Pay no attention to the dead horse being beaten on the side of the road, but...

    If there was ever an opportunity to run James Johnson in a Point Forward role for a few minutes, this is it. And to say that Johnson needs to make less mistakes and play more consistently is a crutch. Because Hunter has been arguably the most ineffective guard in the NBA this year, and aside from two games, Pargo has sunk this team for extended stretches with his horrible shot selection and defensive deficiencies.

    In his limited time, Johnson has shown flashes of skills neither of those guys have sniffed in their last 3 years. Particularly in his ability to rebound the ball, push it up court and finish or draw a foul on the other end. Does he make "rookie mistakes"? Sure, but he's a rookie. But why not play him more than 6 minutes and see if the good outweighs the bad. At the very least, he tries to make something happen. Which is more than you can say for a majority of their stand-around-waiting-to-be-passed-to roster.

  • I wish Iverson was still with memphis cause if memphis didn't wanna keep him that bad we probably couldve traded jerome james for him....

  • I wish Iverson was still with memphis cause if memphis didn't wanna keep him that bad we probably couldve traded jerome james for him....

  • I think, at this point, Deng has to see time at SG and Johnson at SF.

  • Start the rebuilding process by firing the inept trainee Paxson. Then hire an experienced successful general manager who can evaluate talent and coaches. The Bulls are a totally mismanaged joke and they can only get worse!

  • In reply to Alex:

    Alex, you win the lottery. All the other "fixes" involving players, coaches, etc. discussed on this and other boards are secondary to this one great truth you have expressed. Paxson's great talent is kissing Reinsdorf's ass. Yes, the NBA is like the real world.

  • In reply to Alex:

    Since they are both on one year contracts, we should negotiate with the knicks for David Lee and Nate Robinson for Hinrich and Tyrus. and maybe throw in darko to balance out the money. That would be exciting seeing Rose and nate robinson in the backcourt........

  • In reply to Alex:

    Rose and Nate in the backcourt is awfully small. That would get abused on the defensive end. I do like David Lee though.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Lee, Nate, Rose may be in the top 20 worst defensive players in the league right now.

  • In reply to Alex:

    Since they are both on one year contracts, we should negotiate with the knicks for David Lee and Nate Robinson for Hinrich and Tyrus. and maybe throw in darko to balance out the money. That would be exciting seeing Rose and nate robinson in the backcourt........

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Is there an echo in here? Why are you repeating yourself? Nate and Rose in the same backcourt wouldn't be good. David Lee would be nice to have.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Nate and Rose... uh... uh... no?

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    I didn't realize Gordon absence would haunt us this much. Though, I was hoping we had signed him. Sadly, I have to say it, Bulls aren't talented enough to stay in games just yet. In large due to Rose is still trying to dispose of the Similac. Salmons isn't clutch. Deng needs Rose to create for him. It is what it is, as we say in the Barbershop. This team is building around Rose and growing pains are going to be frequent. Oh, yeah, don't start grabbing the bats on Rose. He showed a lot of promise tonight. He killed "Lil Compton".

  • Doug,

    How come your boy James Johnson can't get any quality minutes, especially with all these injuries? I don't like VDN's coaching, right now.

  • I understand that but do we really believe that Deng or Kirk work harder than BG? I am not trying to make it into a bg arguement again but really, who works harder than him? Favor is one thing too, having your highest and third highest paid players coming off the bench and being strapped by the LT is horrible management. Also don't tell me that 2010 was their plan all along. If it was, they wouldn't have mde the salmons and miller trade since it leaves them with less than enough room to sign a max fa next year.

    There is, because it is against common belief that continually letting your best scorers go in FA(only curry got a good return) won't make your team better. But you are correct I only really miss BG and maybe TC a little till Noah stepped it up.

    Its very easy to argue. If you are strapped by the LT, don't have any cap space or good draft picks, how else are you going to get better if you can't at least take on more payroll. Its not like we didn't have the assests, you could have easily turned Davis, Brown, Miller and a pick into a star type player. Furthermore, look at the nba luxury tax payers for this year. 11/16 playoff teams last year are in the LT, 2 of those 5 not paying it are teams like Portland that had cap space and its 3 best players on rookie deals and Detroit that rebuilt with cap space on the fly. 2 of the other 3 are us and Philly, borderline playoff teams that barely played .500 ball. And the only team to not pay the LT and make it into the second round was Atlanta who barely squeaked into the second round in 7 games over a weak heat team. You can argue which came first, the chicken or the egg but even the spurs are paying the LT this year and they don't do it ever. You have to pay the LT in this league to be a good team. Even more to the point is that of the 14 LT paying teams this year, only 2 of them didn't make the playoffs last year. So if we are really serious about making that next step from lovable loser we would have to spend the tax unless we get luck into a few top picks and even then you have to resign them eventually.

    You really can't blame BG for not taking that contract. He did much better for himself and believed in his value all along. JR has also been in enough negotiations to know that when you lowball a person they aren't going to jump and kiss your ring. He was upset, which was reasonable and when he finally came to accept it, it was gone. I don't know why we would pull the deal, its not like they were going to be over the frightening LT if he did but it just screams to the number of bad negotiations JR has had over the years. They clearly didn't pay him the same respect that they did toward Deng.

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