Opening Tip: Hinrich happy to have health

December, 10, 2013
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Kirk Hinrich Russ Isabella/USA TODAY SportsKirk Hinrich feels fortunate to have been healthy so far this season.
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Out of all the injuries the Chicago Bulls have suffered this season, the fact that Kirk Hinrich has remained healthy may be the biggest surprise of all. The veteran point guard, who missed 30 games in the regular and postseason combined last year because of various injuries, has played in every contest so far for a deflated Bulls team that has lost Derrick Rose yet again to season-ending knee surgery.

"I'm happy," Hinrich said after Monday's practice regarding his good health. "That was one of the biggest keys for me coming into the season was staying healthy. It's still early. But, knock on wood, things have gone pretty good so far."

Hinrich, who has missed 58 games over the last three seasons, said he has tried to switch up his offseason routine a little bit to keep his body in order.

"I've tried to do as much as I could," he said. "And I feel like I was listening to the right people as far as doing things for my body. It might not have been much of a pound-it-out, real high-intensity summer. More just keep feeling good on the core and in the weight room, just doing all my stretching and stuff like that. I tried. Last year I thought I was as good and prepared as I was and I had a bunch of freak injuries so a lot of it's just luck."

Luck has not been on the Bulls' side much so far this season, but Hinrich is hopeful his team can get back on track starting Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.

"It's challenging but I think we've handled it OK," he said of the changing lineups. "It happens in this game. The season, it's a long grind, and there's going to be guys getting hurt. Every team deals with it and you just try to deal with it the best you can."

What's next: The Bulls face the Bucks on Tuesday night at the United Center. It will be the first of two matchups between the two teams this week. The Bulls play the Bucks in Milwaukee on Friday night.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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