The British basketball team’s stint in the 2012 Olympic games concluded on Monday, ending the games with a 1-4 record, after defeating the Chinese team in a blowout, by the final score of 90-58. With the team’s participation in the tournament coming to an end, one of the members of the squad, Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng, will now focus on his next task; getting ready for the start of Chicago’s training camp. Although it had appeared that the Bulls starter would undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, after he fulfilled his commitment to his adopted country’s team, Deng told the “Chicago Tribune” that he believes he may be able to avoid the procedure, or at least postpone it until next summer.
The Bulls forward told reporters that he felt no ill-effects after playing in the Olympics and his current mind-set is that he will be able to play in the upcoming campaign without having surgery. Deng said “I’m fine right now. I feel great. There are a lot of things I want to improve in my game that I want to focus on now. I want to be a better player than I was last year. I have time to make decisions and be healthy by the time we start (camp).”
Deng tore the ligament back in January and it bothered him for the rest of the campaign. The Chicago brain-trust wanted their forward to have surgery right after the Bulls were knocked out of the Playoffs in the first round, however Deng was adamant that he was going to be a member of Great Britain’s first Olympic basketball team since 1948. Deng’s decision led to what published reports described as a tense exit interview, as he would miss a bigger chunk of the campaign, than he would had he had the procedure immediately after the team lost to the Sixers in the first round.
According to the paper, the same surgeon who had previously repaired a torn ligament in the forward’s right wrist, told Deng that he believes that his current injury may not need to be surgically repaired; or if it does he might be able to wait until next season is over before he undergoes the procedure. Although he is allowing himself wiggle room to change his mind, his current plan of action is to be ready for the start of training camp.