Atlanta Hawks: Kirk Hinrich to miss at least first month of season after shoulder surgery

Hawks general manager Rick Sund said guard Kirk Hinrich had surgery to to remove a cyst and repair the labrum in his left shoulder and is expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season.

Hinrich experienced discomfort in his shoulder as a result of offseason workouts and had the procedure in early November.

“The injury typically requires three to four months of recovery,” Sund said

Based on that timeline, Hinrich could be out through the end of February. The 66-game NBA regular season schedule is to begin Dec. 25 if there are no snags in the ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com first reported Hinrich’s surgery.

Hinrich, 30, was acquired in a Feb. 23 trade with Washington for rookie guard Jordan Crawford and a 2011 first-round pick. Missing training camp would rob Hinrich of a chance to further develop chemistry with his teammates and his injury deals a blow to Atlanta’s guard depth.

With Jamal Crawford set to hit free agency, Hinrich is one of three experienced Hawks guards under contract for this season along with Joe Johnson and Jeff Teague. Teague now enter camp on Dec. 9 as the only point guard on the roster and, barring a major addition, would be the starter for at least the first month of the regular season.

Teague started seven of 70 games during the 2010-11 regular season before replacing the injured Hinrich for the East semis against Chicago. Hinrich suffered a hamstring injury near the end of Game 6 of Atlanta’s series against Orlando.

Hinrich injured his right shoulder during training camp with the Wizards last year and missed games during the season with elbow and calf injuries. He’s averaged just over 73 games played per season for his career.

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179 comments Add your comment

Spyro

December 1st, 2011
11:17 pm

Well, that sucks. Hopefully it won’t affect too much.

moboman

December 1st, 2011
11:18 pm

moboman

December 1st, 2011
11:18 pm

second. That trade is looking great againg

AG

December 1st, 2011
11:19 pm

Who else showed up for the workout? Josh was first, but….

CONservative Johnson

December 1st, 2011
11:20 pm

Sure would be good to have Jordan Crawford and a first round pick instead of Hinrich. A big fat shame that Teague didn’t get an honest tryout before trading assets away . . .

AG

December 1st, 2011
11:20 pm

Well, our first round pick can’t make it in Europe, then a couple of our subs are stuck in contract overseas – not to say I really want Josh Powell back.

shady 2.0

December 1st, 2011
11:20 pm

all the time he had, he gonna wait till da last min to have sugary,

CONservative Johnson

December 1st, 2011
11:20 pm

AG, Josh was the only one there . . .

CONservative Johnson

December 1st, 2011
11:22 pm

AG, the screen bean is a 2nd round draft pick . . .

Slimjr

December 1st, 2011
11:25 pm

Nice job Sund, gave up two 1st rd picks for this guy? Nice…..You should have taken Javale McGee!

AG

December 1st, 2011
11:27 pm

Maybe I should have said our draft pick. Josh did look very slim. I heard about JJ, Wilkens, Teague and Smith playing ball in a church in SW Atlanta. No mention of Marvin, other than him having surgery..

Big Dog

December 1st, 2011
11:28 pm

That was might dumb of Heinrich to wait til now. He should have done that back in july or august.

Slimjr

December 1st, 2011
11:31 pm

Hawks Franchise= Airplane, all of em…lol

hmmm...

December 1st, 2011
11:33 pm

Feb. 30 trade Michael? that would have been a neat trick :) sorry just had to razz you a little

Najeh Davenpoop

December 1st, 2011
11:51 pm

Well, at least this puts an end to any thoughts LD may have had of not starting Teague.

I wonder what took Kirk so long to figure out that he needed surgery.

J.J.M.

December 1st, 2011
11:53 pm

josh smith playing at rondo charity game a few weeks back

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH6K9TE8eHs

Hawks2012

December 1st, 2011
11:55 pm

… He decides to get surgery now? He had the entire extended offseason to get it, but now? Poor timing…

Dr. Warren

December 1st, 2011
11:57 pm

Can we get JoCraw back?

J.J.M.

December 2nd, 2011
12:00 am

why did the comment box close in the other blog?

Grandmaster JeJe

December 2nd, 2011
12:02 am

It
Issues me off when Joe and Josh say our roster can compete as is.

That makes our moron GM even more confident this core can compete. WE LOSE IN THE SECOND ROUND EVERY YEAR. WE GOT OWNED BY CHI AFTER GAME ONE. MAKE SOME DAMN MOVES. MAKE A SPLASH

Grandmaster JeJe

December 2nd, 2011
12:03 am

Grandmaster JeJe

December 2nd, 2011
12:04 am

Hinrich being put sucks but now JT0 gets HUGE minutes

Hawks2012

December 2nd, 2011
12:10 am

But hey. At least now this forces LD to start Jeff Teague… that move could actually bring out the star he really is (remember the 2nd round last year).

kwooden

December 2nd, 2011
12:14 am

Not having Hinrich sucks because it would have been great to have another good defender on the floor. This is good for Teague, but very good for Papa. Papa may actually get some time on the floor when things matter and hopefully he shows what he can do. I’ve watched some highlights from his games in France and he looks to have improved his shot from deep and he’s consistant at getting to the line.

Good to see Smoove work on his cardio, I’ve felt like fatigue is what really causes most of his mistakes. I never thought he was in bad shape, but to reach his potential I’ve felt like he needed to take his condition a few steps higher. As much as I don’t really like Wade, I definitely respect his conditioning. Hopefully Josh can show that kind of conditioning this season.

Grandad

December 2nd, 2011
12:26 am

If Hinrich had surgery during lockout;
no one can say a thing.
Especially those who supported players during lockout.

-for anyone carping about the timing of his surgery-

Najeh Davenpoop

December 2nd, 2011
12:34 am

“If Hinrich had surgery during lockout;
no one can say a thing.
Especially those who supported players during lockout.”

Good point. I forgot that he would have had to rehab on his own. Makes sense, then, that he waited.

FreshFromAtl

December 2nd, 2011
12:35 am

Joe, Teague, Al, and Josh are all in great shape and have slimmed down a little. Plus, Marvin got his back fixed, so the extra time from the lockout probably did him well (he will probably benefit the most from the extra rest after surgery). And to be honest, the extra time from the lockout allowed Kirk to do what he had to do without missing much time (seemingly) if he’s really only going to be out until the end of December – early January.

Also, Josh losing 30 pounds tells me two things…1) Josh is about to play SF permanently, and 2) the Hawks plan on getting a Center because Al will likely man the 4 spot with Josh shifting down to SF. Marvin coming off the bench gives us some needed depth. Now who will be this Center? Zaza, Collins? a free agent?

doc

December 2nd, 2011
12:42 am

now where is that accountant that denied accountants cook books?

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/analysis-mf-global-proves-enron-003455894.html

figure that one out robin. somehow accountants get caught in the middle and say what? the devil made me do it.

glad to see ray back with a vengance, must be little action over on the falcon blog with folks figuring out how to stop a rookie qb.

Grandad

December 2nd, 2011
12:55 am

O’ Brien

I balk at rebuffing your Rodman comparison
from the previous blog.
I respest your blog accumen.

However;
Rodman’s real hgt was 6-7 & 210 lbs.
[per MNB reference.com]
I have also seen official measurements listed;
@ 6-6 hgt, numerous sources / including NBA.com
also most places I’ve read – during the latter stages of career:
[meaning Bulls] playing wgt = 216 lbs.

O’B;
I’m not trying to be a wise guy.
i’ve just read a lot of material on my all-time favorite player.

Grandad

December 2nd, 2011
12:57 am

O’Brien

*respect not repest

Worldwide Clyde

December 2nd, 2011
2:26 am

Another Speedy Claxton

vava74

December 2nd, 2011
3:10 am

Big Ray,

I lost your e-mail – drop me a line please

vava74

December 2nd, 2011
3:20 am

Big Ray:

“…Vava not realizing that Smith wasn’t getting outjumped for rebounds…”

I think you missed my reply to someone who pointed out that:

Apart from the rebounds that Josh lost last year – as in years past – on account of not boxing out, Josh was slower getting off the floor last year and getting less high.

You could see that for instance on tip offs which he consistently was losing last year.

You may also remember that almost everyone was gripping that Josh no longer had an aerial game and that he was being “eclipsed by Griffin” game above the rim.

Josh will be better slimmer and his blocks per game will again go up.

Also, in 06/07 Josh averaged more rebounds per game than last year whilst he was a lot slimmer, so weight does not mean more rebounding, in particular for a guy who does not know how to use his weight (boxing out).

FreshFromAtl

December 2nd, 2011
4:42 am

Good points Vava.

vava74

December 2nd, 2011
6:44 am

On Hinrich’s injury,

Provided that he comes back at full strength in early January, I think that his absence on day 1 is the best that could happen to the Hawks.

This way LD will have to start Teague since there are no excuses for him to do otherwise and I can assure you that, being a cowardly HC, he would be looking for all and any excuses not to start him.

Hinrich recovering from an injury also will be more easily content to slip into the 3rd guard slot than for him to lose the starting job in training camp.

Obviously, Teague has to do his thing, but I am very very very confident that he will pick up where he left it against CHI.

Buddy G

December 2nd, 2011
6:44 am

Catching up from the last two blogs:

“Larry Drew = Disaster for the Atlanta Hawks.” – SteveW

Amen!

“Larry Drew was a horrific hire!!” – Slimjr

Hallelujah!

“He took the Hawks further than we have been in 20 years…. What did our ROOKIE COACH do wrong?” – Rufus1

OMG srsly?

http://blogs.ajc.com/mark-bradley-blog/2011/04/21/espns-hollinger-larry-drew-blew-game-2-for-the-hawks/

“I would be stunned if Sund pulled off a trade in our favor. He has yet to do that since he’s been here.” – KevinM

Getting JC1 for Acie Law and Speedy Claxton was in our favor.

“LD was bad coaching decision(taking out Zaza) away from winning game 5.” – Rufus1

Dude! You answered your own question!

“Hawks are in good shape.” – Drewcat

Amen!

“I’ll be damned if I’d be trading Josh Smith unless I was completely overwhelmed by a deal.” chuckw

Praise the Lord!

“Can a 220 lb Josh Smith still grab 8 rebounds a game?” – northcyde

Yes. Not only yes, but yes he can grab 8 rebounds a game and stay injury free due to less stress on his knees.

Buddy G

December 2nd, 2011
6:44 am

“Really, love him or hate him, trading him just makes sense. The Hawks have peaked out with this group.” – Section 303

/NO CO-SIGN

This group is gearing up for its best season. They proved to themselves they could compete for an ECF appearance. They know bad coaching cost them the CHI series. They had the talent. They’re all coming back in the best shape of their careers. You will see this group’s peak THIS YEAR.

“zaza went down with a knee this summer with no word on his condition” – doc

Zaza bounced back from the injury to post 19 points and 10 rebounds Nov. 24th:

http://www.hoopinionblog.com/2011/11/zaza-pachulia-pape-sy-productive-in.html

O'Brien

December 2nd, 2011
7:38 am

Najeh,

Well, at least this puts an end to any thoughts LD may have had of not starting Teague..

Vava,

This way LD will have to start Teague since there are no excuses for him to do otherwise….

Don’t be so sure. Mike Bibby is a free agent :smile:

ASG

December 2nd, 2011
7:39 am

why don’t you morons quit telling us how to run things and go buy a few tickets, t-shirts, hot dogs and beers. if we win the championship, you will still be complaining.
p.s. we are glad we sold the thrashers!!

#Let'sGoHawks!

December 2nd, 2011
8:11 am

This almost guarantees that the Hawks should sign Iverson… I saw his highlights from a charity game her in ATL, and he still has that sick crossover and 3 point game. Cmon, there are probably no other teams in the mix to get him, and he has stated that he will come off the bench and except fewer minutes.

#Let'sGoHawks!

December 2nd, 2011
8:11 am

drmaryb.[*_*].

December 2nd, 2011
8:20 am

Corn Rows!

Ok then, can somebody please tell Iverson that corn rowS are outa’ style and corny.

vava74

December 2nd, 2011
8:23 am

Iverson would also need to pass a breath control (for alcohol) every time he entered philips area :-D

drmaryb.[*_*].

December 2nd, 2011
8:36 am

Smell Test!

vava74 … LOL! absolutely right about that. So does Kenny “The Jet” Smith on TNT.

vava74

December 2nd, 2011
8:44 am

By the way, I think its time to bring Cenk Akyol and the urkanian fellow back to fill roster spots.

We need a 3 point specialist and these guys are supposed to be raw in other aspects of the game but accomplished shooters already.

O'Brien

December 2nd, 2011
8:52 am

vava,

We need a 3 point specialist.

Calling Mike Bibby?

DMB,

All these years Iverson has had corn rows, you would think his would be much longer..

mountain_jim

December 2nd, 2011
8:53 am

KevinM

December 2nd, 2011
9:16 am

Buddy G….what I said….”I would be stunned if Sund pulled off a trade in our favor. He has yet to do that since he’s been here.”

I agree….we ended up with the 6MOY, but we failed to capitalize on that transaction. We haven’t gone any further in the playoffs, so its really a wash, because JC1 is now gone.

Isn’t it amazing that the play of Teague will keep LD on our bench this year? This is the same guy who tried to bury him on the bench, played JC1 and JC2 in front of him, and yet our success depends on Teague. LD has no choice but to play him….truthfully, the only way he is getting minutes. I still think if Kirk was healthy, Teague would get limited minutes.

Where are you Mike Bibby? Cenk Ayol, not that’s funny vava! This decades’ version of David Andersen.

Looking for a TJ Ford minimum signing to fill the backcourt.

AG

December 2nd, 2011
9:17 am

KevinM

December 2nd, 2011
9:19 am

You want to see a team that has loads of cash to spend just to get up near the cap? The Pacers have 11 guys to pay this year, and they still are only at 36M. They can handle 1 or 2 lopsided deals.