BRIXTON, ENGLAND — The NBA may be locked out and the paychecks may not be coming in, but that doesn’t bother Luol Deng. The Chicago Bull doesn’t need money because his face is being put onto the money.
Brixton, England is celebrating their fellow British celebrities by putting their faces on the Five Pound note. Deng is joining the likes of David Bowie and WWII secret agent Violette Szabo. It’s safe to say Deng is in pretty high ranks with this latest promotion.
The five pound note isn’t really a large bill in England and it’s not as if Deng is replacing the Queen, but having the recognition he is getting in his home of Great Britain has got to be a good feeling for Deng and is one of the many small, positive stories circling around the NBA world amid this terrible and ugly lockout ordeal.
I am honored to be featured on the new Brixton Pound notes,” said Deng on his foundation’s website. “I grew up as a young teenager player basketball for the Brixton Topcats which marked the beginning of my career. So it is with great pleasure that I am helping to support the local community that played a vital part in getting where I am today.”
Deng has had a tough go in Chicago, easily becoming the scapegoat for their mid-decade struggles, but he has flourished in his found role in this new Tom Thibodeau-Derrick Rose era Bulls squad. The five pound note in Britain may be viewed as the equivilant of Santa getting on the Coke cans at Christmas, but to me that’s not a bad comparrison. People take their Coke seriously in this country and if Deng wound up on the can of a soda bottle like Santa does, that’s a pretty good deal, and it couldn’t have happened to a better guy.