“I like our talent, I like our mix,” said Hinrich. “We’ve got a good mix of young and veteran guys. But that’s just the starting point. We’ve got to put it together as a group and that’s what he’s been about these first three days [of training camp].”
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Veteran Hinrich happy to be at home

By Adam Fluck | 10.03.2014 | Archive | @AdamFluck 

As a free agent this past summer, there were other opportunities Kirk Hinrich entertained, some of them more lucrative than what the Bulls were able to offer. 

At the end of the day though, Hinrich came to the conclusion that Chicago was simply a place he wanted to be. 

“I really enjoy my teammates and I’m excited about the season,” said Hinrich this week. “I think we’ve got a great opportunity.” 

As he enters another his 12th NBA season, nine of which have been spent with the Bulls, he does so with a sense of optimism regarding how he’s feeling physically and what the team might accomplish. 

“I was encouraged last year the way I felt and I feel good coming into camp this year,” Hinrich said. “So I’m anticipating to feel good this year and just have to do what it takes to stay that way. 

“I like our talent, I like our mix,” Hinrich added. “We’ve got a good mix of young and veteran guys. But that’s just the starting point. We’ve got to put it together as a group and that’s what he’s been about these first three days [of training camp].” 

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has long admired Hinrich’s game, dating back to his time in Boston when he and former Celtics coach Doc Rivers could see his value. 

“The big thing with Kirk is his experience, veteran leadership, ability to hit big shots, ability to play both positions, and the ability to start or come off the bench. He can run the team,” said Thibodeau. “He’s one of those guys that I don’t think you measure him statistically; you go by what he does for the team and how he helps you win. And that’s where he’s invaluable. He’s a big part of this team. 

“I just love his competitive spirit,” Thibodeau added. “To me, he’s going to fight for everything. He’s going to run your team. He’s a great leader.” 

He’s a leader who got to stay in a city he calls home. And he does so with a full house after Hinrich and his wife, Jill, welcomed twins, a boy and a girl, into the world on September 12, joining their two older sisters. 

“I feel truly blessed to have twins,” Hinrich said. “To have one is an amazing feeling, but to have two at the same time is great. I’m on top of the world right now. I feel like I can't lose.”

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