Remember the plan?

The Bulls signed Kirk Hinrich to a two-year deal in 2012 to hold the fort down as a starter until Derrick Rose returned last season from knee surgery. Then, Hinrich would slide into backup roles for both guard positions, playing occasionally with Rose to ease his ball-handling responsibilities.

Instead, Rose missed all of last season. And on Saturday, Hinrich started the 65th of his 75 games during his second stint with the Bulls.

In fact, with Rose out now for the rest of this season, Hinrich will be called upon to play heavier minutes than expected. Is he ready?

"Gotta be, right?" he said. "I feel good."

Hinrich sat out 22 times last season with injuries to his right hip, left knee, right elbow and right foot. Entering Saturday, his fifth start, he was averaging 29.1 minutes per game.

"It's just being ready from the jump," Hinrich said. "But other than that, I approach my job the same."

Asked if Hinrich can handle an increased role, coach Tom Thibodeau was non-committal.