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Luol Deng wants to return Sunday

Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:30 am
 
Deng with no regard for Luol's life. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

Luol Deng may be a little insane. We may need to check to see if Tom Thibodeau has done something bad to his wiring during practice. Because what Deng's talking about is just beyond crazy. 

Deng's torn ligament in his left wrist is in all likelihood different and more severe than the one Kobe Bryant suffered and is playing through. It's a testament to Bryant's intensity that he's gunning his way through it. And Deng wants to join him on the floor, despite doctor's orders. Form the Chicago Tribune:  
Hardened by past questions about his toughness and buoyed by the Bulls' championship potential, an upbeat Luol Deng will try to play through a torn ligament in his left wrist that sources say doctors suggested he have surgery to repair.

"I know it sounds terrible, but I really think I'll be fine," Deng said.

Deng even is telling teammates he hasn't ruled out playing in Sunday's game against the Heat, though that seems unlikely after coach Tom Thibodeau conceded Deng is "going to be out awhile."
via Chicago Bulls: Luol Deng determined to play - Chicago Tribune.

So the doctors say you really need to get surgery, and you say you'll play Sunday. We may need to stage an intervention for Lue.

The biggest differential is that Deng still has several years left on his career arc. The Lakers' window is closing, and Bryant is desperate to obtain that sixth ring. Deng is searching for his first, but the Bulls' window is propped open for the foreseeable future with Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah, and even a few more years of Carlos Boozer. Deng risking permanent damage to his wrist, kind of an important joint, is admirable but also exceptionally risky. If nothing else, the Bulls medical staff should make sure they keep him out as long as will at least get the wrist stabilized a bit more. 

Deng is gritty, tough, relentless, an All-Star caliber player. But the Bulls' need for Deng go far beyond the next four months.  

(HT: PBT)
Comments

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Luol Deng wants to return Sunday

The idiot is in the White House and he comes from your BS town. Thanks for what Chicago offers ( Criminal Politicos ) (high crime rates )  (worse public education in the country ) ( violations of the 2nd amendment ) ( deep freeze ) ( and over hyped sports ) but no thanks punk. If you think Florida is about south beach you should stop hanging out with Homosexuals and travel a little.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:29 am
 

Luol Deng wants to return Sunday

Wow..you're an idiot..did you're mommy in south beach have to type that for you?



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:15 pm
 

Luol Deng wants to return Sunday

Bulls really need Deng because the defense has really sufferred since he has been gone. Thibideau's trademark has been defense,Bulls and Celtics. Bull's starting to look like the old Sun's, just outscore the other team. Need Deng back.



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:03 pm
 

Luol Deng wants to return Sunday

Who is to blame for Deng's injury? It is Thibs fault, Bulls were up by 15 with 4 or 5 minutes to go. I like Thibs, but he doesn't know when to sit his players when tthey are winning big,  he let them play until to the last second.





Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:43 pm
 

Luol Deng wants to return Sunday

If he has this surgery he will be out for months...possibly the rest of the season.  Bulls can make it to the playoffs w/out Deng.  They CANNOT win a title w/out Deng.  He is the 2nd most important player on the team.



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:17 pm
 

Luol Deng wants to return Sunday

Because its the Heat game and Deng knows they own the Bulls. You guys are a joke. You live in a town where taxes and the weather kills you and cheer a second best team only to be denied in the end. Even your team is named Bull with a palyer named Dung. Got some advice, be a winner, move to the Bahama's fly in for the heat games and forget about the Bulls.

Hey zonetwlite,

Would not say the Heat own the Bulls.  Yes they beat them last year in the playoffs, but didn't the Bulls sweep the Heat during the regular season?  Not owning! Now the the Bulls have Rip Hamilton and not Keith Bogans as their shooting guard.  Deng will play when he is ready.  If it's Sunday then so be it.  Sounds to me like your are afraid of the Bulls and well you should be.  You should be afraid of the Bulls even without Deng.  Derrick Rose was the MVP last year for a reason.  He has no quit in him and will do what ever he can to make his team win. Labron James showed exactly what was inside him last year.  He did not want to be the man on his team.  He left the Cleveland Cavaliers to be 2nd fiddle with Wade.  Oops, now Wade is hurt and just like past years he will be again.  What is James going to do without his security blanket? He will fold!  Sunday's game really means nothing, so I agree with you Deng should sit out. Just wait until the playoffs.  That is if the Heat can even get to the Bulls again.



Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:52 pm
 

Luol Deng wants to return Sunday

Because its the Heat game and Deng knows they own the Bulls. You guys are a joke. You live in a town where taxes and the weather kills you and cheer a second best team only to be denied in the end. Even your team is named Bull with a palyer named Dung. Got some advice, be a winner, move to the Bahama's fly in for the heat games and forget about the Bulls.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Luol Deng wants to return Sunday

Gotta be the dumbest move by a player, the Bulls are racking up wins without him, why risk a more permanent injury ?



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:21 pm
 

Luol Deng wants to return Sunday

RUMBLE YOUNG MAN RUMBLE AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:41 pm
 

Luol Deng wants to return Sunday

The Heat do not own anybody.  The Bulls may lose for the next few years but I don't know if the Heat will be winning anything.  LeBron still has the Houdini gene, causing him to disappear in the clutch, and Wade's looking like the oldest 30 year old in the NBA.  He breaks down about as much as my old Nintendo.  Bosh has played very well however and Battier and Cole look like some nice pieces so I guess we'll wait and see.



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