According to a report, Atlanta Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich recently had shoulder surgery and could miss the beginning of the season. The report says that Hinrich would be out until late December or early January which should coincide with the start of the NBA season. Even if he is able to return by the Hawks opener, he will likely miss several days of the abbreviated training camp.
No real report on why the decision was to have the surgery so late. Hinrich missed games with Hamstring and calf injuries last season. He injured his shoulder in training camp with the Wizards last season.
This development severely puts a damper on the Hawks proposed three-guard rotation of Hinrich along with Jeff Teague and Joe Johnson. With Jamal Crawford looking more unlikely by the day to return to the team, the Hawks will find themselves with a shortage of guards to start the season. Atlanta was likely to sign a backcourt player anyway to fill out the roster.
11:03 AM update from Michael Cunningham's Blog:
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
Surgery in November for an injury that he hurt during offseason workouts. That answers all of the questions but also extends the amount of time that Hinrich might be out.