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Friday, February 15, 2013
Deng to decide on surgery after season

By Nick Friedell

HOUSTON – Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng says he will make a final decision on whether or not to have surgery on his left wrist after the season is over.

Deng, who tore a ligament in the wrist in a Jan. 21 game last season against the Charlotte Bobcats, opted not to have surgery and played through pain until the Bulls were knocked out in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs last season. He opted against surgery again to play for Team Great Britain in the Olympics last summer. He has acknowledged all along that surgery may not be needed, but he will withhold final judgement until after the season ends.

"I don't know yet," he said. "That decision will come after the season. I decided way before the Olympics that I wasn't going to have it (this season).”

Deng, who had the same injury in his right wrist during his rookie year, said Derrick Rose's ability to return wouldn’t have any bearing on his decision whether or not to play.

Deng will be playing in his second All-Star Game on Sunday night.