Chicago Bulls Sign Mike James in Wake of Derrick Rose Injury

Hunter Konsens@HunterKonsensCorrespondent IIJanuary 11, 2012

Mike James
Mike James

During Tuesday night's matchup versus the Minnesota Timberwolves, reigning MVP Derrick Rose re-aggravated a turf toe injury that has been hampering the young guard since his second year as a pro. 

At first, Rose did not believe he would miss any time, but he would later say that not only could he not bend his big toe, but it hurt much more than than he expected. Despite Rose's injury being rather minor, expect the Bulls to rest the All-Star, as time is the only way to fully recover.

With the loss of Rose for a few games, the Bulls were looking for help at guard, as backup C.J. Watson is also injured with a sprained elbow. However, they didn't take long to acquire another facilitator, as Chicago called up veteran Mike James from the Erie BayHawks of the Developmental League.

James played in Turkey and China last season, before deciding to give one last shot at making an NBA roster. He was added to the BayHawks earlier this month 

James last played in the NBA in 2009-10, but during his nine-year stint in the NBA, James was at times a force to be reckoned with. The 36-year-old veteran averaged 10.5 points and 3.5 assists per game in his NBA career. But, his best season came in 2005-06 with the Toronto Raptors when James posted a career high 20.3 points per game to go along with 5.8 assists. 

Nobody knows for certain what James' role will be with the organization once Watson and Rose regain their previous from, but for the time being this elder statesman will have the difficult task of sustaining the Bulls' recent dominance.