Five years have passed since Kirk Hinrich earned second-team All-Defensive honors for the Bulls.

Entering his 10th season, Hinrich will draw countless difficult assignments in a point guard-dominated league, including reigning Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving on Friday.

Hinrich harassed Irving during his 2-for-15 night in an exhibition and contested almost everything in a strong first quarter Friday before succumbing to foul trouble and sitting out much of the second half in favor of a hot Nate Robinson.

"I can still guard at a high level," Hinrich said. "I'm probably smarter now and know when to be aggressive. I still feel like I'm moving well."

Hinrich, 31, said injuries, not age, slowed him the last two seasons.

"It seems like every night every point guard is good and everybody is different, but my thing is knowing the league as best you can and knowing individual tendencies," he said.