Luol Deng talked about his injury and the Olympics, and he said all the things Bulls fans want to hear. From NBA.com:
“It’s a very tough decision not being able to play (in the Olympics) but it was just a tough year last year with my injury. The fracture of my leg was such a serious injury that I need all summer in order to go full speed and I’m not full speed yet, but I’m almost there. Right now it’s the right decision, hopefully it will come out as a small sacrifice for my future with the Bulls and my future playing with Britain.”
“You learn a lot about your body, you learn a lot about work ethic and how much you have to push yourself. You want to get healthy but you also want to prove to people that you can get back to the level you were at or even better so this injury drives me to become a better player and that’s really what I want to get out of this injury.”
Plenty of time for him to get back to full speed. Deng shows very little emotion on the court, so it’s good to hear that he knows what people have been saying about him and that it’s motivating him to come back even better. You certainly could make the case that Deng is the X-factor in determining how far this club can go next season.
I hope he also works on the holes in his game. Although I wonder if Vinny is truly the right guy to help him with that.