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Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Posted by Erik on January 14, 2009

Captain Kirk is back!

Uh no, not this one...

Uh no, not this one...

This one. Kirk Hinrich, co-captain of the Chicago Bulls

This one. Kirk Hinrich, co-captain of the Chicago Bulls

Kirk Hinrich (PG/SG Chicago Bulls) played in his first game after undergoing surgery two months ago to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. He played  a respectable amount of minutes, 20:52. He score four points care of two of five shots from the field. He dished out 3 assists and got 1 steal.

Derrick Rose and Ben Gordon fantasy basketball owners alike are now a bit wary of Kirk’s return to active duty. Both Ben-Gor and D-Rose have gotten fantasy bumps due to their extra playing time in the wake of captain Kirk’s absence.

Thorn for my ROSE?

As a Derrick Rose fantasy owner myself (2 leagues), I am wondering what impact Hinrich’s healthy return will have on my guy. Personally, I would like to hope that head coach Vinny D (del Negro) will appreciate Derrick’s averages of 16.7 PPG and 6.2 APG and keep his minutes, currently 37:17, above the 30 mark. Then again, I’m not the coach and somehow I doubt that the Bulls’ coaching staff will plan their rotation around my fantasy basketball needs and whims.

I will be joined by the many Derrick Rose and Ben Gordon fantasy owners in closely watching the impact of Kirk’s return on our guys’ minutes and production.

rose-with-thorn2

So far things look positive for Derrick as he still managed to play 41:58 in Kirk’s first game back. It’s possible that Kirk may not actually end up being the thorn for my Rose.  Hopefully he and fellow injury-returnee Luol Deng will eat up the minutes of the less productive members of the Bulls’ roster.  The biggest loser so far in the rotation game appears to be Larry Hughes who just logged in a pitiful 7 minutes on the floor.

Kirk averaged 11.5 points, 6.0 assists, 1.1 treys, 1.2 steals and 31:41 minutes over 75 games for the Bulls last season.

It’s a little too soon to make a judgement on the true and actual fantasy impact Kirk’s return has on that of Derrick’s and Ben’s value. Let’s keep an eye on his second game back which is in a few hours and take it from there.

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Hinrich – Out, Derrick Rose – Boom!

Posted by Erik on November 9, 2008

Kirk Hinrich needs surgery and will be out for a very long time. I wasn’t really high on Kirk coming back strong this year so I didn’t bother drafting him in any of my leagues. It is time to drop Kirk off your rosters and move on to better options from the wire. It really isn’t going to do you much good to sit on him as he wasn’t much of a stud to speak of in the first place; and secondly, when he does comeback he will be returning to the Derrik-led Bulls and will have to see where he will fit in. Somehow though, the peeps at Hardwood Paroxysm jokingly foretold of the possibility of such an eventuality as early as October 23rd.

It’s getting “Rosey” in the Windy City

Derrick Rose owners: You lucky bastards! The only obstacle in the way of Derrick going all crazy (fantasywise) is now gone. Enjoy your explosive games.

In the 6 games he’s played he is  currently averaging 17.8 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.3 3PG, 3.0 TOs, at 48.8 FG% and 84 FT%

I expect him to make the most of the lack of playing time predators. He should do well. He needs to drop a few more dimes a night. And when he does begin to do so, he’ll be a great PG. Oh well, just when I thought Michael Beasley was going to contest him for rookie of the year. GG.

I suppose we’ll see more of:

Derrick Rose Pre-NBA

Derrick Scoring 30 on the Mavs

He is still a rookie, don’t forget that. He will still end up with games with poor percentages and a ton of TOs. He will also get his fair share of monster games as he dominates his opponents on sheer athleticism.

It looks like it’s going to be the “Derrick Rose – Ben Gordon Show” in Chicago’s back court.

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Sprain Epidemic – Impact

Posted by Erik on November 9, 2008

What is an Ankle Sprain?

An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle, usually on the outside of the ankle. Ligaments are bands of tissue—like rubber bands—that connect one bone to another and bind the joints together. In the ankle joint, ligaments provide stability by limiting side-to-side movement.Some ankle sprains are much worse than others. The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligament is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn, as well as on the number of ligaments involved. Ankle sprains are not the same as strains, which affect muscles rather than ligaments.

What Causes a Sprained Ankle?
Sprained ankles often result from a fall, a sudden twist, or a blow that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position. Ankle sprains commonly occur while participating in sports, wearing inappropriate shoes, or walking or running on an uneven surface.

Source: www.footphysicians.com

Aside from Tony Parker (Spurs) there are a good number of players suffering from sprains. Notable ones are;

Peja Stojakovic (Hornets)- No more worries here. His sprain was apparently mild and rest and painkillers were apparently enough for him not to miss too much time. He’s back and doing well.

Michael Redd (Bucks) – He is still out the Bucks’ line up for now and Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva should be logging in some sweet fantasy numbers as they try to fill the scoring void left by Redd. Do NOT bother with Charlie Bell. Even if he’s got the starting job in the interim, he will not amount to anything fantasywise for now.

Josh Smith (Hawks) – Out for 2-4 weeks. I actually think he will be back sooner rather than later. In the meantime; Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia, Marvin Williams and Maurice Evans should get some fantasy love in Josh’ absence. Zaza and Evans will have the least upside in the quartet.

Devin Harris (Nets) – He should be gone for a few days to 2 weeks. Keyon Dooling will be favored to fill his starting PG gig. Feel free to pick him in the short term and milk Devin’s time away. He is definitely on most waiver wires.

Drew Gooden (Bulls) – He has a minor sprain. Joakim Noah now has a chance to shine, well at least briefly. Tyrus Thomas has been too erratic at start the season to tell whether or not he can capitalize on Drew’s short absence from his starting center job. I’m not holding my breath for Aaron Gray to have a micaulous turn around just yet.

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