Luol Deng: Not playing in the European Championships

Luol Deng, who’s still rehabbing from a stress fracture in his right tibia, will not play for Great Britain in the European Championships.

Said Deng: “I was only cleared to shoot a couple of weeks ago. I’m on my way but not there just yet. I’ve also only just started running. It’s tough not playing. Since I started playing for GB the goal was to get to the highest level we can get to and not being able to play this summer is tough but that’s just life and it’s the smart decision for my health, especially if I’m not 100% to help the guys. It has been a very tough season for me; sitting on the sidelines and watching the guys play, knowing that if you were healthy you could play.”

It’s a bummer for Deng, who really wanted to play for his country of citizenship. But for the Bulls and their fans, this is great news. The last thing the team wants or needs is for Luol to re-aggravate his injury or suffer a new one right before the start of the 2009-10 season. We need Deng back and at his best, especially after losing Ben Gordon to the Pistons. Patriotism is nice and all, but everybody associated with the Bulls would like to see a return on that $71 million investment the team made in Deng last summer.

6 Responses to Luol Deng: Not playing in the European Championships

    Nelson Vargas Jr. July 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    $71 million. Every time I’m reminded of that it makes me want to cry :(

    Felipe Garcia July 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    I just hope that Deng can stay healthy without injury this season and play that All-Star level he had in 05-06. If not, the Bulls should trade him during the deadline for another solid Small Forward player like: Rudy Gay, Gerald Wallace, Jeff Green or Kevin Durant baby! Remember anything is possible. Same thing goes for Ty Thomas, he better also have one of his best performance ever this year! If not, the Bulls should also trade him during the deadline and pickup: David Lee or Chris Bosh!

    rocky July 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm #

    He’s already added 12-15 pounds of muscle in the off-season which will help tremendously with his durability.

    Brad S. July 27, 2009 at 8:06 pm #

    Well, he said all the right things in this interveiw, which takes up the slack now that Ben is gone. I hope he comes back and returns to form. I think the entire season depends on it. I feel that this years success hinges on the performance of either Luol or the rookie Johnson.

    mike killer August 1, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    I hope Deng, can play at that high level performance he had in 06-07 lol If not, good bye Deng and hello Rudy Gay (crossing my fingers lol) But I think that if Deng is healthy, he will play at that high level again. GO BULLS!!!


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