Luol Deng's not planning to have surgery after the Olympics

May 3, 2012

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Derrick Rose's torn ACL will sideline him from this summer's Olympics in London and most probably the beginning of the next NBA season too. After surgery, Rose will likely need between six and nine months to recover. But don't expect to find the Bulls other All-Star in the recovery room next door. Bulls forward Luol Deng, who tore a ligament in his left wrist in January, is determined to represent the host country this summer. Many assumed Deng was postponing surgery until after the Games--but had anyone bothered to ask Deng if he planned to have surgery at all?

WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout was at the Berto Center Thursday afternoon for practice before the team headed to Philadelphia, where they will face the 76ers Friday for Game 3 of their playoff series. She pulled Deng aside to ask if he had made any plans to have surgery after the Olympics--to which he replied that he had no plans or intentions for surgery. He told her that if he's able to play through the Games, he will do just that. After hearing the good news, Cheryl shared it first with Steve Edwards on Afternoon Shift.