Chicago Sun-Times – I haven’t done a good job of walking in Luol Deng’s shoes, the shoes that have gone from Sudan to Egypt to Great Britain to the United States and back here to London, where, against all odds, a boy began turning himself into an NBA player. A fiercely proud man played for Great Britain, a country he believes saved him. If Deng reinjures his wrist in this tournament and it affects next season or his career with the Bulls, as some of us fear, we’ll deal with that then. But on this night, as he carried the torch for basketball in this country and for the idea of rebirth in general, you would have had to be made of stone not to get goose bumps. ‘‘This is why I chose to do it,’’ he said after Great Britain’s 95-75 loss to Russia. ‘‘It’s just an experience that, for the rest of my life, can never, ever be taken away, just walking out into that stadium”
How preposterous is it that an African dude named Luol Deng is playing for the British in the Olympic games? It’s utterly dumbfounding. I honestly can’t think of two more diametrically opposed groups of people on this planet than the English and the South Sudanese. This would be like Jeremy Lin playing for America instead of China or something just because he made his name here and escaped communism. It wouldn’t make any sense right? And the worst part of the whole thing is he’s staying secretive about his left wrist injury all so he can play basketball for a team that’s getting smoked by RUSSIA, the basketball powerhouse that it is. Meanwhile, Thibs and the rest of the Bulls coaching staff watches with baited breath hoping that this guy’s hand doesn’t snap off his fucking arm. Not a good look right now Luol.
Listen I get that he’s a prideful man and wants to show his gratitude towards the country that “saved him”. But if everyone in the Olympics represented the country that “saved them” like Luol claims Great Britain did for him, the whole world would be playing for the U S of A. World War II bitches. You’re welcome.