Friday, May 24, 2013
Source: No surgery for Deng this offseason
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng will not have surgery this summer to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, according to a league source.
Deng, who originally tore the ligament in a game on Jan. 21, 2012, against the Charlotte Bobcats, decided against having the surgery back then so that he could continue helping the Bulls push toward the 2012 playoffs. He decided against having the surgery after last season because he wanted to play for Team Great Britain in the London Olympics. He always seemed confident that he could continue playing without having the surgery, even though some in the Bulls organization preferred that he have the surgery to get the problem fixed.
Deng did not have to miss any games over the past season because of the injury and was able to make his second consecutive All-Star Game in Houston. He acknowledged at the break that he would make a decision after the season, and that decision has been made.
"I don't know yet," Deng said during the All-Star break about the possibility of surgery. "That decision will come after the season. I decided way before the Olympics that I wasn't going to have it (before the 2012-13 season).”
Deng, who tore the same ligament in his right wrist during his rookie season, played in 75 games this season, averaging 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds.
He played in just five postseason games due to a bad case of the flu and complications from a spinal tap. The source said the topic of wrist surgery wasn't even broached after the Bulls were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals, adding that Deng is feeling better and is still trying to gain back all the weight he lost during his ordeal. The veteran forward said a couple of weeks ago that he had lost 15 pounds and became ill while trying to warm up with his teammates at the Berto Center, the Bulls' training facility. Deng is entering the final year of his contract with the Bulls.
The website RealGM earlier reported the news of Deng's decision not to have surgery.