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Bulls make Mike James second NBA call-up from D-League Showcase

Jan 11, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

Mike James

The NBA Development League Showcase is designed to allow its top players a chance to show NBA decision makers that they’ve developed enough to make in the NBA. Erie BayHawks point guard Mike James came into the league without much developing left, but he took full advantage of having NBA decision makers witness his comeback attempt this week.

The 36-year-old James needed just three games in the D-League to show that he was in shape enough to deserve another opportunity — an opportunity he got on Wednesday when the Chicago Bulls decided they needed to insurance after Derrick Rose was injured on Tuesday evening. Pro Basketball Talk has confirmed the transaction that ESPN’s Marc Stein first reported.

James played great on Monday for the BayHawks by scoring 23 points and dishing five assists while leading them to a victory over the Idaho Stampede. Despite not attending an NBA training camp, James clearly outperformed Portland Trail Blazers assignee Armon Johnson in just his second D-League game, showing he still has the skills that made him a 20 point per game scorer not all that long ago in the NBA. The eight-year NBA veteran regressed a bit in his second game as he scored just six points while turning the ball over five times, but it’s likely his familiarity With NBA offenses made it an easy decision for Chicago to call him up just in case he’s needed while Rose is out.

James is the second call-up of the Showcase as the San Antonio Spurs called up Malcolm Thomas from the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Monday.

  1. rosloe62 - Jan 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Nice to see the D league gives guys an opportunity! Go Bulls!!!!!!

  2. jthammerstix - Jan 11, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    I’m mike James b*ch

  3. pudgalvin - Jan 11, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    I’m still bitter about how Rose got hurt last night. Ol’ boy Tolliver tried to dive straight through Rose’s legs for a ball he had no shot at. Then, he did the same thing in 3rd quarter to Deng. Now, I have to watch John Lucas III play 35 minutes tonight.

    • brooklynbulls - Jan 11, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      This is the most stagnant offense I’ve ever seen from the Bulls. This is painful. I wonder if League Pass will give me 1/66th of my payment back.

      • pudgalvin - Jan 11, 2012 at 10:09 PM

        I almost bought tickets to this game last week. Imagine settling into your seat with cocktail in hand and hearing John Lucas III introduced in Rose’s spot.

    • pudgalvin - Jan 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Check that, apprently Lucas is going to play about 44 minutes.

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