After missing the last seven games leading up to the All-Star break with a right elbow injury, Tom Thibodeau and Kirk Hinrich confirmed the point guard will be ready to go tomorrow night when the Bulls take on the Hornets in New Orleans.
Hinrich, who ruptured a bursa sac in his right elbow at the end of January, was a full participant in practice Monday afternoon at the Berto Center, and said he doesn't believe he will have any minute restrictions when the Bulls open the second half of their season tomorrow night.
Hinrich said he and the Bulls training staff received feedback from medical personnel last month that the rupture, which flared up when the Bulls traveled to Brooklyn, likely would become infected -- and when it did Hinrich felt the effects.
"I was feeling terrible. I was starting to feel sick, I couldn't bend my arm, swelling. Getting pretty nasty-looking. So it was to the point where I just wanted to get it taken care of," he said.
After having his elbow cleaned out and re-stitched, he spent a couple days in the hosptial on antibiotics to make sure another infection did not occur. Hinrich said he wasn't worried about the severity of the injury, but that he was glad to finally be back on the court with his teammates.
And while most players spent this past weekend relaxing during the All-Star break , Hinrich used it as an extended period to get back into game condition and shake off some rust before the regular season resumes Tuesday.
"A lot of guys got rest. For me it was conditioning," Hinrich said. "Did a lot of stuff on the court because I haven't been able to do that all month. So hopefully it'll pay off."
Nate Robinson likely will move back to the bench. In seven February starts, Robinson averaged 15.6 points and 8.0 assists for the Bulls, who went 2-5 in Hinrich's most recent absence.