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Kirk Hinrich injury: Status for regular season opener unknown

Hinrich's strained groin kept him limited in practice on Sunday as the Bulls prepare to open the season against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.


After straining his groin against the Oklahoma City Thunder last week and missing the Chicago Bulls' final preseason game against the Indiana Pacers Friday, Kirk Hinrich's status for the start of the regular season is unknown. The veteran guard did a little shooting at practice Sunday, but head coach Tom Thibodeau isn't sure if he'll be ready to go Wednesday when the Bulls open the season against the Sacramento Kings in Chicago. Hinrich also missed a game earlier this preseason because of a thumb injury.

Hinrich played in 48 games for the Atlanta Hawks last year, averaging 6.6 points and 2.8 assists a contest. He spent the first seven seasons of his professional career with the Bulls before spending the 2010-11 season with Atlanta and the Washington Wizards. Chicago signed Hinrich to a two-year contract in the offseason to begin his second tour in the Windy City. During his last full season in Chicago, Hinrich averaged 10.9 points per game.