Rose Recruited Kirk Hinrich Back to Bulls
Derrick Rose’s stance on not “recruiting” players came to an end this offseason during the Chicago Bulls’ pursuit of Kirk Hinrich.
“Kirk is someone I could see playing alongside a long time,” Rose said at Bulls media day on Monday. “When you’re a hooper and you know someone on the court is going into a battle with you, and he’s not giving up if he knows you are going to keep battling and I’m someone that will keep fighting to the end, and he’s the same as you, so why not have him on the team? Kirk is the first person I recruited.”
That’s high praise coming from one of the game’s best stars. Not only did Rose recruit Hinrich, Hinrich will be asked to fill the former MVP’s role until he recovers from an ACL injury.
“I don’t feel that much pressure,” Hinrich said of playing in Rose’s spot. “This is a good fit for me. The way they play, the things they emphasize.”
Previously Rose had indicated he wasn’t the type to be calling free agents. It didn’t happen with LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade when those NBA stars were available. That changed with Hinrich.
“I had some questions for him,” Hinrich said. “I hadn’t had a chance to chat with him in a while. Just wanted to talk to him and see where he was at. I’m just excited to be back.”