So, what’s up with Luol, anyway?


The Bulls released a statement to clear up the lingering mystery of Luol Deng’s injury status. Here’s the skinny: “A review of a repeat MRI, and CT scan of his tibia, indicate that this represents an early anterior tibial stress fracture. All of the information to date points to some mild inflammation along his tibia, with a small irregularity within the cortical bone, with no obvious break in the inner or outer layer of bone. Symptoms, developing Saturday, when the Bulls played the Houston Rockets, prompted this recent evaluation. He has been restricted from high-level activity since then. At this point, he will undergo ‘active rest,’ meaning that he will be encouraged to challenge himself physically, and if symptoms remain minimal, he will be allowed an expeditious return to play. These decisions will be made on a day-to-day basis.”

I find that diagnosis to be, er, a little confusing. So does the press. What’s “an early anterior tibial stress fracture”? To my uninformed (medically speaking) mind, it sounds like a stress fracture that’s not really a stress fracture. I mean, aren’t we all “suffering” from some form of “early” injury? I mean, the doctor also described the problem as “some mild inflammation along his tibia…with no obvious break in the inner or outer layer of bone.” So he’s fine, right? Otherwise, I would assume the team wouldn’t encourage Luol to “challenge himself physically,” right?  Although I’m not sure how he’s can challenge himself while undergoing “active rest.” And how does someone actively rest, anyway?

According to Luol: “I want to try to get back as soon as possible. We just want to make sure exactly what it is.” To that end, Deng may seek a third opinion. He’s officially listed as day-to-day. Hopefully he doesn’t actively rest too hard on the whatever it is.

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7 Responses to So, what’s up with Luol, anyway?

    Detroit Murder Dog March 6, 2009 at 1:49 am #

    What’s wrong with Deng is that he’s made of brittle glass and frozen yogurt. This guy peaked his second season and should have been traded a long time ago. If people thought Noce’s contract was an albatross, you’ve got another thing coming. [cue Judas Priest]

    tony.pipptana March 6, 2009 at 3:50 am #

    Wasn’t Deng involved in some insurance-related issue with the British national team this summer, too? Where’d that Mr. Softee photo go?

    BadDave March 8, 2009 at 1:15 am #

    Maybe soon Deng will go to the Radja Triangle – where DNP-CDs turn into…..the twilight zone!

    yoitsme March 8, 2009 at 7:04 am #

    What’s up with him? You mean other than the fact that he and Seal are the same guy and he had to go sing right now, that’s why he’s injured? =)


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