It may not be not be the return the city of Chicago is focused on, but every time this man makes his return to the lineup, positive results in the Chicago Bulls win column immediately follow. Did you know that the Chicago Bulls are 7-16 in games that Kirk Hinrich has missed, and 31-15 in games he has played? Despite averaging only 7 points 5 assists and 3 rebounds why are the Bulls so much better with the veteran point guard? The answer is within his nickname: Captain Kirk.
Kirk Hinrich does not put up big numbers, he does not posterize the competition like Russell Westbrook, nor does he have the flash of Ricky Rubio and Chris Paul, but what Kirk Hinrich has done and what he continues to do well, is lead.
The Bulls record with the Captain speaks volumes. It is not just a coincidence that this team comes to play every time he is out there battling along side them. Hinrich embodies everything a Tom Thibodeau coached team needs, he plays hard nose defense and he wins.
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