Beleaguered D-Leaguer? Not Bulls’ unruffled Teague
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter December 4, 2013 9:34PM
Point guard Marquis Teague wasn’t taking his demotion to the Development League personally, even if it only lasted a few hours.
Teague experienced a strange Tuesday. He was told in the morning that he was going to Iowa to get some playing time in the D-League, only to be called back hours later because of a knee injury to reserve guard Mike James.
“Oh, yeah, it was crazy,’’ Teague said. “As soon as I landed, they told me to come right back.
“Actually, I wasn’t as upset as people probably thought I was because I was going to get a chance to play quality minutes. But I got called back, so I was happy about that.’’
Coach Tom Thibodeau said James only has a sprain. He might miss a week, and Teague will have a chance to re-establish himself as a backup to Kirk Hinrich.
“That wasn’t about punishment,’’ Thibodeau said. “That was about playing time because it’s 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 [thought] 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, who was the 29th pick in 2012, was asked if his confidence had been shaken.
“Nah, I never lose my confidence,’’ he said. ‘‘When I get my opportunity, I’m just going to take advantage of it.’’