As much as we like to rag on Kirk around here, the Bulls really do need him back. Since he went out with the elbow infection or whatever the hell it was, the Bulls have gone just 2-5, sporting an offensive rating of 99.1 and defensive rating of 108.2 per There are certainly other factors to that awfulness besides just Hinrich being out (Joakim Noah and Luol Deng battling injuries and tougher competition to name a few), but the team has generally run a bit smoother with Kirk in the lineup. And as much as I enjoy Nate Robinson going ham from time to time, he's just not cut out to be a long-term starting point guard.