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If Rose can't go for Bulls, Hinrich's ready

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  • Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving wait for a Bulls free throw attempt during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Chicago. The Bulls won 96-81.

      Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving wait for a Bulls free throw attempt during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Chicago. The Bulls won 96-81.

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Kirk Hinrich was nonchalant about the possibility of starting in place of Derrick Rose on Friday in Toronto.

It shouldn't be a big deal, since Hinrich started 60 games at point guard last season while Rose recovered from ACL surgery.

"It's just the minutes and just being ready," Hinrich said Thursday at the Berto Center. "The approach is really the same as far as getting the scouting report, getting ready to run the team. In that way, it's about the same.

"More importantly, we've got to get a win on the road. Tomorrow is a good opportunity against a very good team to get a quality road win."

Hinrich is getting healthier himself, in a way. He was asked about the sleeve he has been wearing to protect his right shoulder blade.

"Hopefully I'll be able to shed that soon," he said. "The next week or so, I'll probably hope to be done with it."

Rose watches Jabari:

Derrick Rose did not attend Tuesday's college doubleheader at the United Center. Like most everyone else who watched on television, he was impressed with Duke freshman Jabari Parker. Like Rose, Parker attended Simeon Career Academy on Chicago's South Side.

"It was crazy seeing how far he came in his career and who he's becoming," Rose said. "From seeing him in 6th or 7th grade, a chubby little kid. Now he's a young man and his future's looking bright. I'm happy for him."

Rose was asked to compare the Freshman Big Three of Parker, Kansas' Andrew Wiggins and Kentucky's Julius Randle.

"All of them are great. I think Jabari stuck out," Rose said. "I'm not saying that Wiggins isn't ready or Randle isn't ready. Just saw that Jabari had that NBA-type game and he was really out there trying to prove something."

Bull horns:

The NBA unveiled special Christmas Day uniforms on Thursday, featuring sleeves, along with a giant logo and no numbers on the front. Derrick Rose is one of the players who will be featured in ads for the league's slate of holiday games. Kirk Hinrich on watching his old team, Kansas, knock off Duke on Tuesday at the United Center: "Anytime you have bragging rights over Duke guys, it's a good feeling."

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