Hinrich, Bulls looking forward to Rose return

Hinrich, Bulls looking forward to Rose return
August 12, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Many are anticipating the Bulls' upcoming season, and that includes the players themselves.

Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich is liking the mix of returning players from last year's team, as well as the influx of new talent, chief among them the returning Derrick Rose.

"Very excited," Hinrich said. "We've got most of our guys back. We've had some great additions, the anticipation of Derrick coming back healthy. It sounds like he's very motivated. We think we have a very good chance and are going to be very good."

Hinrich appeared alongside former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest on Monday. The two participated in a charity event hosted by the Western Golf Association, the BMW Championship Exhibition, which raised money in support of the Evans Scholars Foundation.

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Hinrich elaborated on his interaction with Rose this offseason.

"I seen him a few times, not for a while," Hinrich said. "I think he's been traveling around and getting ready himself. You can just tell he's excited to have the opportunity to go back out there and just play basketball. That's what he loves to do. And we're excited to have him back."

Hinrich figures to serve as Rose's backup at point guard this season. Last year, Hinrich was pressed into a starting role with Rose injured, though his own injuries allowed him to play in only 60 games. The 10-year NBA veteran averaged 7.7 points per game and 5.2 assists per game in the first season of his second stint with the Bulls.