If it isn't obvious, Mike James isn't the type to go down without a fight.

An unheralded prospect coming out of college, the 38-year-old toiled overseas and in the minor leagues before breaking into the NBA and even after a couple of D-League stints over the past few seasons, he's remained resilient, becoming Dallas' starting point guard at the end of last season and going from a non-guaranteed training-camp invite to the Bulls' second-string floor general as of last week, ahead of Marquis Teague, 18 years his junior.

In fact, the Bulls thought highly enough of James that the organization initially assigned Teague to the Iowa Energy, their D-League affiliate, Tuesday to get additional playing time. But after an MRI revealed that James had suffered a sprained MCL in pregame warm-ups before Monday night's triple-overtime loss to the Pelicans at the United Center-he still played 10 minutes in the contest, not knowing the severity of the injury-they recalled the second-year player.

James' toughness and faith are two of his biggest qualities, and both factor into his belief that the injury, slated to keep him off the floor for one to two weeks, will be even more of a short-term ailment.

"I'm straight. I'll be all right. It's unfortunate it happened, especially with the timing of everything, but there's nothing you can do about injuries. If it was just me being hurt, then I would definitely be trying to play. But all I can do now is just rehab and get myself ready. Hopefully it'll be quicker than everyone expects, even myself," he told CSNChicago.com. "I just thought it was a little tweak. I didn't know it going to be this severe. I would have never tried to push it if I knew personally that this was what was going on. But I have a real high threshold for pain, other than needles. I can take anything other than that and so, it just sucks that this happened.

"This is the first time I've ever been hurt in my career, so I don't want to wait until I'm old to start getting hurt. I take care of my body and I do all the things that I'm supposed to do. I believe in God and supernatural healing and so I believe it's going to be quicker than it's supposed to take," James continued. "I felt pain, but I brushed it aside and just believed that it wasn't going to be as serious as the MRI showed that it was. The next morning, I just knew something was wrong. During the game, I wasn't paying too much attention to it."

For the moment, however, veteran starter Kirk Hinrich, himself filling in for the injured Derrick Rose, and Teague remain the Bulls' only options at point guard, though league sources say the team has shown interest in the likes of ex-Bull floor general Chris Duhon, who is currently out of the league, and former NBA player Sergio Rodriguez, who plays for Real Madrid, a powerhouse in Spain's ACB League, where one of his teammates happens to be 2011 first-round draft pick Nikola Mirotic.