- Nick Friedell, Chicago Bulls beat reporter
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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.
"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.
Tom Thibodeau says James Johnson "played very, very well" in the NBDL.