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Rose out until March, Bulls bring in Hinrich

One of the reasons the Chicago Bulls drafted Marquis Teague was Derrick Rose’s knee injury, which they believed at the time would sideline him until January. Now, the Chicago Tribune reports that doctors expect Rose to be “out until likely March,” which has led the Bulls to bring back point guard Kirk Hinrich to steady the ship and not completely throw Marquis Teague into the fire on day one. Hinrich was drafted by the Bulls nine years ago and played seven years in Chicago before being traded to Washington and later Atlanta.

It’s mixed news for Marquis Teague, who will lose playing time, but will have more time to acclimate himself to the Bulls’ offense and the league in general. Teague’s performance in the NBA Summer Leagues has been lackluster, but if we learned anything from his time at Kentucky, it’s that he’s a fast learner. Ultimately, it’s the best decision for both sides: the Bulls will have an experienced point guard to lead the team without Rose, and Teague will have time to learn the system. It sounds like he’s already got the right attitude. When asked about the upcoming season after his game against Doron Lamb and the Bucks yesterday, Teague said: “I just want to come in and bring energy, try to defend, do whatever the coaches ask me to. On my team, the big thing is just defense. Pressure the ball and make it as tough on the offense as possible.”

At least he won’t have to do it all on his own on day one.

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4 Comments for Rose out until March, Bulls bring in Hinrich



  1. BPsycho
    5:09 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    Get well soon Derrick. You’re not letting this ACL decide anything.



  2. Cats Cats Cats
    5:57 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    Teague was a first rounder and is guaranteed, so this is a good thing for him. If he was in Lamb’s position, I’d worry that the D League (or worse) would be calling his name. I think he’ll be trade bait in about a year if he performs well in Rose’s absence and Rose comes back close to 100% – at that point someone else will have a PG gig for him. Still rooting on Lamb and Miller (2nd rounders) to make their respective squads with minimal strugges!



  3. Joel
    7:01 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    2) Won’t be trade bait for a while. You don’t let guys who are quality talents and can fill a spot in the rotation when they only make about $1 million a year. Not to mention the Bulls are a very cost conscious team and will be even more so with Rose’s uncertain status. Bulls have basically come out and said they’re preparing for the 2014-2015 season due to Rose’s injury and other salaries.



  4. Duke Sucks
    10:32 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    I think Lambs multi year contract combined with his play in summer league means the Bucks have plans for him. He will be the steal of this draft. I think his game is taylor made for the pros. He is a more physicaly gifted version of Rip Hamilton. Miller on the other hand I’m afraid his passive demeanor could very well keep him out of the league. It’s a shame too because we have seen what he can do when he’s aggressive . I just don’t see a NBA coach keeping after a second round pick like Cal did to keep him motivated.