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Even with Rose injury, Teague could struggle to find minutes

One would think with Derrick Rose out for an extended period of time rehabbing a left ACL injury, new Chicago Bulls point guard, Marquis Teague, would see a lot of playing time in his absence. Not true, according to a recent Chicago Tribune article. In Chicago’s first preseason contest against the Memphis Grizzles, Teague logged close to eight minutes in a 92-88 win. But, according to coach Tom Thibodeau, when the regular season arrives, Teague figures to not see many rotational minutes, if any at all.

Even with Derrick Rose sidelined until likely the All-Star break following knee surgery, this is a developmental year for Teague, who will turn just 20 next February. Barring injury, Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson will carry the majority of the position’s workload.

“I understand all that I have to learn,” Teague said. “It has been good competing and trying to learn the system. I’ve been happy with the way I played. You have to figure out the pace of the NBA and learn how to run the offense. There are a lot of plays and new stuff.”

After July’s summer league, Teague returned to the Berto Center in early September to begin his education. That pretty much answers the question how the rookie can develop even without playing much.

“You have to learn how to be a pro first,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Then you have to practice well. Then you have to learn the league. Then you have to learn your teammates. Once you do those things and know how to do your job, you may get an opportunity to play. But it’s a big step going from college to pros. Everything is based on performance.”

Since he took over as head coach of the Bulls, Thibodeau has been extremely reluctant to play rookie players. It seems like he wants to see how players handle certain situations in practice before actually counting on them in a game. That’s fine, but this is as good a time as any to see how Teague can matchup against other point guards in the NBA. Ultimately, this situation is going to be a good one for Teague. He can learn a lot from Rose because they have similar styles of play. Also, Chicago, with Rose healthy, is a contender. Teague’s time will eventually come, but right now it looks like he’ll have to be patient.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

13 Comments for Even with Rose injury, Teague could struggle to find minutes

  1. @sircolbybrown
    8:21 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink


  2. Danny
    8:34 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    He should have came back for another season. He could have been a lottery pick with another year under Cal. Now he is going to ride the bench. When did it become cool to be a late 1st round pick?

  3. tom5673
    8:37 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    beat me to it #2. teague and lamb would have benefited from another year of college ball, especially on center stage at kentucky. if you’re a lottery pick, you should go early. if not, you should stay and develop your game.

  4. question mark
    8:38 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t get a good vibe from this message. Hope the kid can handle the pressure.

  5. thenamerobdigity
    8:42 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Does this surprise anyone? He was a late first rounder.

  6. Rixter
    8:42 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    I see AD is having no such problems in New Orleans.. he dropped 22 and 9 on the Bobcats last night.

    Darius had 8 points, but zero rebounds in 12 minutes.

  7. James K
    10:03 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    Marquis really looked rough this summer, and I think he probably could’ve benefitted from another year of school. It’s hard to say. This year could’ve proven to be a log jam at the guard positions at UK, and it was a little bit of a risk for him. For guys like Lamb and Teague, some times the best thing to do is just ride the wave. There’s so much money at risk here, you have to make careful decisions.

    Lamb is who he is, regardless. He was going to be a late first rounder at best no matter what happened. It made sense for him to just go ahead and declare.

  8. Hmm
    10:41 pm October 10, 2012 Permalink

    I thought Cal, was this great preparer of point guards. Funny how Teagues struggles aren’t being talked about. But now Cal is the best developer of big men. AD is exceptional as was Rose and Tyreke. Wall and Knight it remains to be seen don’t beleive either one or Tyreke will be superstars.

  9. SC Cat
    12:08 am October 11, 2012 Permalink

    #8 Check the numbers of all those player before you start hating. Before its all said and done half Cal players will be superstars, it takes about 3-5 years(ex. D Rose) to put it all together. That’s why I believe Cousins and Wall(When Healthy) will break out years and Knight had a solid rookie year and will only get better. I hope Marquis is successful in the league but we all know he wasn’t ready. I know these guys put aside their for number 8, but I think his ego wouldn’t let him come back to UK for his Soph year( unlike TJ&D Lamb).

  10. njcat
    6:29 am October 11, 2012 Permalink

    8. Cal’s job is to win games and get the best professional opportunities for his players. I’d say he’s done pretty well for Knight, Teague, Lamb, Evans, Bledsoe, Wall, et al. They got GREAT pub in college and went pretty high in the draft.

    Its up to the players to make it happen in the NBA.

  11. statman
    8:10 am October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Teague was nowhere neeeeeeeaaaaaaaar ready of the NBA.

  12. catzilla
    9:19 am October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Teague needed another year, no doubt about it. He did sign but with that said…….he will REALLY struggle in the NBA. Better be saving his money because the future will be short I’m afraid.

  13. J Jones
    12:06 am October 12, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with #12 teague better save his money. If he can!t get any playing time with rose injured then he definately won!t play when he gets back. He is being beat out by a guy (hinrich) who is at the end of his career and by a journeyman in (robinson). Should have stayed at uk ala jones who is playing well for houston so far. Lamb should have stayed too. His contract isn!t guaranteed because he was a 2nd round pick.