Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  15 responses

Luol Deng Played Almost the Entire Game for Great Britain

Luol Deng had just over a minute of rest — that’s it — as the Brits returned to Olympics hoops competition for the first time in 64 years. And Deng wouldn’t change a single thing about the experience. Per the Chicago Tribune: “So minutes after Great Britain opened preliminary round play at a raucous Basketball Arena Sunday night with a 95-75 loss to Russia, the All-Star Bulls’ forward offered as much postgame eloquence as he had in-game sweat while playing all but 63 seconds. ‘It was a special moment,’ Deng said after his 26-point effort. ‘For us growing up, basketball didn’t get much attention. We’re playing against the world where basketball is everything in their country. We have dreams. We want to develop the game. Hopefully, we have youngsters watching and following our footsteps.’ This is Great Britain’s first Olympic basketball appearance since 1964. It’s Deng’s first Games. He is playing in with a torn ligament in his left wrist as some way to repay the country that offered his family political asylum from war-torn Sudan. ‘This is why I chose to do this,’ Deng said. ‘It’s an experience that for the rest of my life I could never have taken away. A lot of people were talking about doing the wrist surgery, and I could’ve done that. But I would’ve never ever get a chance to do this again. The Olympics is not something that is given. And I took my opportunity. If I was home watching these guys go through it, I don’t know if it’d be easy for me to live with that. Now that I walked out with them, I can always talk about it and look back.’ Deng has told friends and close associates he hopes to either avoid surgery altogether or postpone it until following the 2012-13 season. He wouldn’t reveal his plan Sunday, but sounded upbeat about the injury he suffered in January. ‘The wrist is great,’ he said. ‘I’m not thinking about it. I’m just playing out there. These games are helping me. So far, I’ve had no trouble. For those who say I only drive right, I drove left a couple times (Sunday).’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    last sentance made me laugh

  • Reggie35

    In all those minutes how many calls did Deng get? He was hammered on every drive!!

  • http://www.nba.com Shadojoker

    Gar Forman aka Kahhhhhn 2 is rolling in his grave…

  • http://nba.com GP23

    He played awesome yesterday… but it was a loss so..

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    That 8/27 shooting was crazy.

  • slamfan4life

    this is why i dont expect him to be phenomenal this year; he’ll be way too damn tired and then theres that injury

  • don

    very patriotic. nice for him

  • real

    Deng is an f-ing legend!

  • Duh

    As a bulls fan, this pisses me off so much. We get it Deng, you’re playing for a country that brought you and your family in when you were young. Now however your life has moved on. You have been saved financially by a bulls franchise that pays you very well, has never traded you despite the rumors, and has given you the diehard chicago fan support. Now you’re telling me that due to some convuluted sense of honor, you’re going to miss 3 months of our regular season so you can get lebron numbers on a team that won’t win bronze in fifty years? Check your wallet Deng, and remind yourself who you’re truly representing,

    Former Deng fan

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chinese Oppenheimer

    Duh, yes suh massa, me sho know who writes my checks. Sorry massa, won’t happen again boss

  • kris head

    Duh… that’s the word that comes to mind when I think of the sound that must come out of your mouth when you spout your stupidity. Deng owes you nothing, he owes GB nothing. He’s made his decision and it’s one I’m proud to be British about, He played well and the refs needed to wake the hell up, you mook.

  • toner

    Spit Hot Fiyah: Do you think he only drove left because he’s in England now?

  • http://slamonline.com LLC#12

    Hahaha @ toner. Deng wasn’t getting any calls, if he has to work his ass of on defense and offense and play pretty much the whole game carrying the team, we aren’t going to win a game! The coach only starting 1 guard is stupid as it led to endless turnovers and the ball NEEDS to go into Joel Freeland and Pops Mensah-Bonsu a lot more.

  • pposse

    SMH at Deng, you are on the fast track to getting traded from the Chi Bulls.

  • real

    Deng is the greatest, F Bulls trolls!