Marquis Teague back with Bulls after stint in D-League
By JOe Cowley Staff Reporter January 15, 2014 9:38PM
Updated: February 17, 2014 8:52AM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Derrick Rose wasn’t the only player back on the bench Wednesday.
Point guard Marquis Teague was reinstated from the NBA Development League and will be staying put for the time being. That doesn’t mean he won’t get another trip to Iowa this season.
“We don’t look at it as a demotion,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We look at it as an opportunity for a guy to play some minutes and continue to develop. It’s trying to find the mix of him being here at practice and also the need for him to play.
‘‘But if it makes some sense for him to get some playing time, then that’s what we’re going to do.’’
Teague played eight games for Iowa, averaging 12 points and 4.8 assists.
More important, the 29th overall pick from the 2012 draft returned to the Bulls with the same confidence he had in the summer league.
“Just a good experience,’’ Teague said of his D-League time.
“It felt good just to get out there, play my game, have some fun.
“You lose your rhythm, a lot of things, [sitting on the bench]. It’s kind of like you have to stay in the gym as much as you can, keep working, but it’s tough. It’s easier said than done.’’
This was viewed as a key year for Teague, especially with Kirk Hinrich a free agent after the season. He was expected to grab the torch and be the backup for Rose next season.
Those plans could be in jeopardy with Teague’s development lagging.
Just don’t ask Thibodeau about that.
“I guess you guys take a much broader view than I do,’’ Thibodeau said. “Marquis has had some good moments, too. He’s still very young.
“You’re trying to figure out what’s best for the team first. Then you look at the player, and ask yourself if he would benefit from playing in a few games down there. That’s what we do. At the end of the season, we’ll look at where he is and go from there.’’
Around the rim
A D-League stint is in the works for 2013 second-round pick Erik Murphy, as well, but Thibodeau wasn’t sure when he’d be sent to Iowa.
† Power forward Carlos Boozer missed the morning shootaround with flulike symptoms, but he started against the Orlando Magic and suffered no setbacks.