How much can a team take with injury after injury? That has been the theme for the Chicago Bulls over the last few weeks. They suffered another injury to veteran backup point guard Mike James with a sprained MCL. The Bulls’ training staff knew he had this injury and allowed him to play on it.
This news came down the day after they assigned second-year point guard Marquis Teague to the D-League. Teague has struggled to get any rhythm with the offense and hasn’t improved enough to warrant any minutes. Now the Bulls have no choice but to call him back up because there is no other point guard on the roster besides Kirk Hinrich.
The injury to James is not a serious one. Sources are saying that he could miss up to two weeks, and this should give Teague a chance to get the backup spot back for good. James does bring some scoring off the bench and veteran leadership. His presence will be missed as the bodies keep falling from the Bulls’ roster.
The Bulls’ front office really has to look into the roster for some changes because the injury bug has struck again. With Derrick Rose out for the season and Jimmy Butler not close to coming back yet, the depth is seriously lacking. Many fans and people around the league are saying to give up on the season and look to next year.
The Bulls are not contenders anymore, especially without Rose. Coach Tom Thibodeau will not allow his Bulls team to tank and will always have them playing hard, no matter who is in or out. For those who say the Bulls need to do something drastic, who is out there to get? The Bulls are just going to play throughout the season with the roster they have and if a move is sufficient , they will do what they have to do.