The early bird gets the worm, Mike James is proving.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was reluctant to show his hand, but as of Saturday night's loss to the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena, the 38-year-old veteran is the team's second-string point guard, supplanting Marquis Teague, who is 18 years his junior and was still a toddler when James, a native of Long Island, N.Y., was in college at Duquesne University.

"Yeah, for now," Thibodeau admitted. "But as I said, we’re going to need everyone on the team, so we’ll see how it unfolds. You have to base it on performance, matchups, how the team functions, so those are all things that you look at."

James, who Thibodeau became familiar with when the pair crossed paths in Houston, had multiple abbreviated stints with the Bulls during the lockout-shortened 2011-12--a D-League call-up, he played behind John Lucas III when Rose and former understudy C.J. Watson had health issues--and after another tour of duty in the NBA's minor league, started the final 25 games of last season for Dallas, so this isn't completely unprecedented.