Johnson rejoins Bulls after NBDL stint

February, 14, 2011
2/14/11
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
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DEERFIELD, Ill. -- James Johnson was back at practice Monday afternoon after being recalled from the NBA Development League. Johnson played eight games in the D-League for the Iowa Energy, the Bulls' affiliate.

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Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty ImagesJames Johnson played eight games with the Iowa Energy of the NBDL.
"I thought he played very, very well in the D-League," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He did a great job. The team won. He played extremely well. And he did a great job today at practice. We're happy to have him back."

Thibodeau believes that Johnson's success in the D-League will help him down the line.

"I think you're seeing it more and more now," he said. "I think more teams are utilizing the D-League and it makes a lot of sense. And James has done a great job for us all year in practice, his attitude has been terrific, and it was an opportunity for him to get some playing time which I think was important for him for his development."

As far as Johnson cracking the rotation though, Thibodeau was still non-committal, saying that Johnson will be used "situationally."

"The thing is, if we're in a situation where there's injury, foul trouble, I would not hesitate to put him in the game."

Johnson averaged 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists during his stint in the D-League.


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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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