CHICAGO — Luol Deng has been waiting for word on his wrist and that word has come down. It’s a torn ligament for Deng and wrist, an injury which will keep him out for the next few weeks.
There was speculation that Deng would miss significant time during this season, if not the whole thing when he was visiting doctors on Monday. He won’t miss the whole season but is injury is significant. The reason Deng won’t miss the whole season is he is electing to not have surgery and instead play through the pain.
“When it happened, I knew it was something serious”
-Luol Deng on his injury
The reason for the severity of the speculation yesterday, most notably here, was because Deng’s injury is similar to the seemingly minor injury that Joakim Noah suffered last year that ended up costing him 10 weeks of the season.
That won’t happen to Deng but he most likely won’t be 100 percent for the rest of the season. That will make the Bulls top two players this year less then 100 percent for remainder of the season.
“I feel that without the surgery I will be fine. I just know what I can and can’t do with it.” Deng said. “I think I will be very effective out there. There will be days where it’s sore. We’re going to try to control how sore it gets. Everybody’s body responds differently. I’m very confident I’ll be able to handle it.”
Deng has been downgraded from day-to-day as was originally reported, to week-to-week. Head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Deng’s wrist is a pain tolerance issue and believes he’ll be fine.
The Bulls seemed unconcerned with the injury to Deng’s wrist, downplaying its severity from the get-go. But as his prognosis goes from ‘he’ll be okay’ to day-to-day to now wee-to-week, one has to wonder just how injured Deng really is.
But this isn’t the first time Deng has injured his wrist. Back in 2005 he missed the playoffs with the same injury.
“This time around, I’m familiar with it,” Deng said. “I know how it feels pain-wise. Just trying to get it down to a certain level where I can play again. I’m really confident I will be out there hopefully soon.”