CHICAGO — There was much debate about whether or not Luol Deng deserved an All-Star spot as a reserve, and those questions have been put to rest.
Deng has been named to the 2012 NBA All-Star team as an Eastern Conference reserve.
This marks the first time since 1997 that the Bulls have had two players named to an All-Star team. And what a comparison it is to have Derrick Rose and Luol Deng be the first Bulls since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen be the Bulls named to the game.
Deng’s naming to the All-Star team is a jewel in the crown of one of the Kings of Chicago. Deng was the scapegoat for the longest time pre-Derrick Rose when the Bulls were in the slums.
But in the recent years, Deng has hit a hot streak where he has complimented Derrick Rose better then any of the pieces put with him to date.
This season was proof of the complete 180 Bulls fans have taken when it comes to their stance on Deng. Before he was the overpaid scapegoat. Now there was a gigantic push to get him named to the All-Star team.
The next question is how long does Deng play, if at all, in the game. He is fresh off tearing a ligament in his wrist and he ins’t fully healed. It would be the ultimate tragedy of Deng finally gets to the All-Star game and ends his season there.
But the chances of that happening are very low. For right now, the Bulls can relish in the fact they’ve sent two player — their top two players– to the 2012 All-Star Game. He’s so much more then just this season, Deng’s All-Star attitude and performance extends beyond basketball to his charity and foundation to help Africa.
It’s hard not to feel happy for Deng, he joins Roy Hibbert, Andre Iguodala, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams as an All-Star reserve. That’s quite the company.