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When does Luol Deng turn into a 20 and 10 guy that is an incredible offensive presence? Is that not a possibility after his knee surgery?* What are your thoughts on Luol Deng? Can the Bulls win a championship with him as their third offensive option? Also, can he be their LeBron stopper (Trademark: Gerald Wallace on the Cavaliers)?
*He didn’t actually have surgery on his knee, so I’ll just touch on his injury “problems.” (he did get injured in the 2009 season, missing half the season, but he never had surgery on the knee, Ed.)
He’s had some trouble with his knee and his leg, but he was in effect the most consistent and impactful player for us last season, apart from Derrick. Unfortunately, I don’t think he’s quick enough to be a ‘Bron-stopper, but his perimeter defense in the Playoffs made me a very happy lady. I think Deng gets overlooked on offense – you never see him go for the deep 3 or fancy dunk, and even when he drops 40 on the Blazers you don’t really see him celebrate. In an NBA that fights to be talked about by the “mainstream media” (which I happen to be a part of), conservative small forwards with a penchant for midrange jumpers unfortunately don’t merit much airtime or discussion. His presence within and amongst his team is much stronger than his offensive output (both real and perceived), and while I’m not sure he’ll ever arrive at the level you suggested, I’m excited to see what he does with a shortened season.
Is Tom Thibodeau a less outspoken Scott Skiles guy, or do I have subconscious racism against bald, Caucasian coaches?
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