“It’s almost here” he said by way of greeting. “You ready for it?”

Kirk Hinrich never sounded quite that upbeat last season and with the various ailments he endured it was understandable. In his second tour of duty with the Bulls the veteran guard missed 22 regular-season games and the entire second round of the playoffs as he suffered of litany of injuries from hurting his groin in the preseason to the ruptured calf muscle that caused him to miss the Miami series.

But with the entire summer to recover from aches and pains that included injuries of the freakish variety Hinrich set to enter his 11th professional campaign is amped up about the upcoming season.

“I feel really good. I think I’ve used the offseason to manage the time fairly well. I have a lot of energy my body’s feeling good. I’ve been feeling good on the court so at this point you’re always looking forward to next year” he told CSNChicago.com in a phone interview. “You start getting real anxious when you get to two three weeks left to go before training camp.”

Approaching the second season of his second go-around in Chicago Hinrich is feeling more at ease not just because of his health but his comfort level in a different system with bigger expectations than the when he was traded to Washington three summers ago.

“I think it’s a little bit more relaxed for me because even though I had been here for so long I was still coming into a new situation I was a new player” he explained. “I was kind of anxious to get familiar with everything so now I’m kind of familiar with the system the coaches my teammates and more of just working hard relaxed and having a better idea of what to expect so it’s definitely a more relaxed offseason in those terms.”