Teague's stay in D-League was short

December, 4, 2013
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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DEERFIELD, Ill. -- The knee injury to Chicago Bulls backup guard Mike James that forced fellow guard Marquis Teague to return from the NBA Development League after just a few hours might not be as bad as originally believed.

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D. Williams/Einstein/NBAE via Getty ImagesMarquis Teague is back with the Bulls because of Mike James' injury.
James did not practice Wednesday, but he did shoot around following the team workout.

"He actually got good news," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "It's just a sprain, so at this point it's basically maybe a week, it could be a little longer. We'll see."

Teague never had a chance to play with the Iowa Energy after arriving in Des Moines on Tuesday. He made it as far as the team's practice facility before getting the call to return to Chicago.

"As soon as I landed they told me to come right back so it was crazy," Teague said.

The former first-round draft pick in 2012, who played one season at Kentucky, took his demotion to the D-League in stride.

"Actually, I wasn't as upset as people probably thought I was because I was going to get a chance to play quality minutes," Teague said. "I got called back so I was happy about that. I'm just getting ready."

Teague has not been productive in limited minutes over the past two seasons as he has appeared to struggle with confidence. Add the demotion on top of that for the 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard and Thibodeau was asked if he's worried about Teague's state of mind.

"I think he's in a good place; that wasn't about punishment," Thibodeau said. "That was about playing time. Because (Iowa) is so close, we can call him back after a day, and we ended up doing that. But we talked about that before we even sent him down. We talked about him getting some playing time would be good.

"We have confidence in him, he's just got to be ready to go. That was never a long-term situation. It was done with the idea of him getting some playing time."

Teague has averaged just 1.2 points and 0.8 assists in the nine games (8.9 minutes) he has played.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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