SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- For the third year in a row, NBA veteran and Sioux City West grad Kirk Hinrich was back in his hometown for his benefit golf tournament. For the first time in his career, Kirk is not a Chicago Bull, but a Washington Wizard, after an off-season trade.
KTIV Sports Director Brad Pautsch talked with Hinrich this afternoon and asked him if it's sunk in yet, that he's with a new team.
"It was a shock at first," said Hinrich. "When I went out there for the press conference, the first time I put on my jersey for a photo it was a little weird. I'm definitely excited. Everyone out there's been great. They're trying to help us with the move and everything. We feel like we have the ability and talent to surprise some people this year."
BP: "Any ill-will towards the Bulls? That's where you spent your entire career and now they trade you, trying to get salary cap room.They probably didn't get the players they wanted to. How do you feel about your time in Chicago?
KH: "I'm very appreciative. I had 7 real good years in Chicago. The city was great. It's a great town to play ball in. I'm appreciative of them giving me my start and letting me grow as a player."
BP: "A lot of people in the media made a lot of your time with Derrick Rose and how you mentored him. Is too much made out of that? Now you've got a new point guard coming in with John Wall, the number-1 draft pick. You play your own game, how much does that factor into Washington wanting you?"
KH: "The reason they brought me in is I can bring toughness and what I bring to the court every night and help them be a better team."
BP: "The golf tournament is for a great cause. Kirk for Kids raises money for Camp High Hopes. It must be nice to give back to your hometown and for a great cause.
KH: "I can't be more excited to be more excited to be involved with Camp High Hopes. It's been an incredible experience the last couple of years. They're getting closer to being able to put that place together. Just to be able to meet the kids and be able to talk to them and the excitement of what they have going, it means a lot and it makes me feel real good.
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