Luol Deng isn't concerned about the lingering effects of a torn ligament in his wrist and plans to play through the season. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Luol Deng doesn't seem to be too concerned about a nagging left wrist injury after he tore a ligament in late January. One of the first questions reporters asked the forward during the Bulls' media day was about the injury, but Deng nonchalantly brushed it off, reports CSN's Aggrey Sam:
"The wrist is the wrist. It is what it is. I’m expecting to be asked about it all year, but I’ve just got to go out and play, play as hard as I can, do what I can do. Whether it’s one arm or two arms or no arms, I’m going to be the best that I can be. That’s the goal, just go out there and play as hard as I can."
Deng chose not to have surgery on the wrist, a decision that was met with a lot of controversy from the media. He played through the season and then with Great Britain in the Olympics.
“I’m at a time in my career where I want to play every game and I play as hard as I can, I’m enjoying it, I love playing here, I love playing for Coach Thibs and I enjoy every practice and every game. I really had a hard time making that decision to get the surgery and miss that time,” said Deng.
Deng is the team's longest-tenured member and will be expected to play an even more important role this season as point guard Derrick Rose recovers from a torn ACL. Deng has played with the Bulls for the entirety of his 8-year season and led the team in minutes per game (39.4).