Bulls will also get someone else back today. Let's get this man in the rotation now!
Johnson rejoins Bulls after NBDL stint
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.
James 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.