What's Going On, Hinrich?

12/26/12 in NBA   |   Fishchick17   |   36 respect

Dec. 21, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (12) dribbles the ball against the New York Knicks during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Bulls won 110-106. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY SportsKirk Hinrich returned to the Chicago Bulls this season as the solution to a number of problems for the Bulls. First, he would serve as a solid back up point guard once Derrick Rose returned to the Bulls. And, while DRose remained out of commission for whatever part of the 2012-2013 season, Bulls management believed that Hinrich could come in and serve as a respectable, dependable, reliable starter at point guard for the Bulls. He came back to the Bulls relatively quietly-similar to how he left. Hinrich played for the Bulls for 7 seasons before spending time with the Wizards and Hawks. He is a solid NBA player. So what is going on with him this year?

He came back to our Bulls, with Career Averages that would serve this Bulls team well. But those numbers are not holding up this year-not even close. His Caerer PPG is 12.3, this season 6.6. Field goal percentage Career 41.6%, 2012-2013 season 35.9%. Free throw percentage career .807, this season .658. Rebounds per game down from a Career Average of 3.2, to this season 2.5. The diminishing numbers continue across the board. This is not the guy Bulls Management, coaches, teammates or fans were expecting or wanted.  Good thing we have him signed to a 2 year deal.

This is a 9 year veteran, 31 years old player who had shoulder surgery, has had knee issues this season-might not be the player he once was. And the Bulls needed him to be. In the shadows are Nate Robinson who has provided great point production for the Bulls, and rookie Marquis Teague who has shown signs of a real future in this league.

So what are the Bulls going to do? Stick with Hinrich? Sign Robinson to a guaranteed contract? Give Teague more playing time? It's all about whatever they need to do to stay competitive until the return of DRose. Coach Thibs and the Bulls do not believe this year is a wash-although after watching the Rockets thoroughly destroy them last night did not leave much optimism. Hinrich looks terrible. Maybe he's injured, or getting too old, or just lost his mojo, but it looks to me like he should be hitting the bench for awhile. I mean-isn't part of being a "SOLID" player, hitting free throws more than 65% of the time? Ridiculous.

Sit down Kirk. Figure out what's up and get your act together. The Bulls need you to figure out what's going on. Enough of the Bulls, "showing their confidence in you". You're playing awful. They are paying you serious cash. Get it together-time to hold your own, Captain Kirk.
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