NBA veteran Kirk Hinrich visits with fans at Camp High Hopes, talks free agency
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Kirk Hinrich is a 10-year NBA veteran.
Over the last decade, Sioux City native Kirk Hinrich has been a marquee player in the NBA, especially with the Chicago Bulls who drafted the West High standout 7th overall in the '03 draft.
Back home, Hinrich spent Sunday afternoon visiting with fans at Camp High Hopes and also talked hoops.
After spending the first seven years of his career in Chicago, Hinrich made stops in Washington and in Atlanta before returning to the Bulls two years ago.
With Derek Rose sidelined by a torn ACL and meniscus the past two seasons, Hinrich stepped back into the starting roll with the franchise.
With his contract expiring and free agency just two days away, Hinrich says he hopes to stay in the Windy City.
"That's home for me. I've been a Bull for nine years. I think they have a high potential to be very good this year," he said. "It'd be the easiest thing and the most natural thing for me an my family to stay in Chicago."
Injuries have plagued Hinrich, especially over the last five seasons.
From shoulder surgery, a stress reaction in his foot and hamstring issues, he's been a staple on his team's injury report.
But, last season, he suited up in 73 games, his most in nearly three years.
"You know, last year was much better for me. I had a lot of little, nagging injuries but nothing you know, really, nothing with long term effects. In that sense I was lucky, but at the same time it was great to be healthy last year."
Hinrich will be participating in the Siouxland Hy-Vee Golf Benefit on Monday at the Sioux City Country Club. The proceeds will benefit Camp High Hopes.
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