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Kirk Hinrich says he’ll be ready for opener

Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich directs offense first quarter as Chicago Bulls take Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday October 9 2012 United Center.

Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich directs the offense in the first quarter as the Chicago Bulls take on the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday October 9, 2012 at the United Center. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: December 1, 2012 4:25PM

Guard Kirk Hinrich participated in all of practice Monday after nursing a strained right groin for most of last week.

Hinrich seemed confident he
would be able to play in the Bulls’ regular-season opener Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings.

‘‘As of right now, as long as I don’t have any setbacks, I plan on playing,’’ Hinrich said. ‘‘I just felt that it was important for me to go out and get some reps and just try to test it as much as I could.’’

Hinrich has been careful to rest the injury, which could nag him if he rushes back to action.

‘‘I’m probably a little bit smarter after I’ve had some injuries that have kept me out for extended periods of time,’’ Hinrich said.

Rose’s role

Coach Tom Thibodeau was coy when discussing what injured star Derrick Rose’s role will be during games. He didn’t dismiss the idea of Rose sitting on the bench or traveling with the team, but he emphasized his chief concern is Rose’s knee rehab.

‘‘It depends on what’s going to serve us best,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘He’s usually doing rehab during part of the game, so I want that to be the focus. He may travel some, he may not. If it better serves us to have him here or someplace doing rehab, we’re going to do that.’’

In Jordan’s shoes

Guard Nate Robinson has paid homage to his favorite player, Michael Jordan, by wearing Jordan’s shoes throughout his career. He said he will be excited Wednesday to play for the Bulls, a team he admired while he was growing up.

‘‘It’s an honor, first and foremost, being here and playing under the Jordan legacy and the [Scottie] Pippens and the guys who have been here before him, as well,’’ Robinson said. ‘‘Putting on that uniform is just something special.’’

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