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Mike James almost replaced Jeremy Lin

Updated: February 14, 2012, 8:44 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Mike-sanity? Mike-tensity?

Not quite the same ring to it. But it was the grace of fate that kept Jeremy Lin with the New York Knicks, who according to Bulls guard Mike James were considering his release last month in order to sign Mike James from the D-League.

Instead, with James confirming the speculation Tuesday, the Knicks held onto Lin and "the Lin-sanity happened." James was subsequently signed by the Bulls and re-signed to a 10-day contract Tuesday.

"But ...

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