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Luol Deng out “for a while” with torn wrist ligament

Jan 24, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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The Chicago Bulls have no one player who brings everything that Luol Deng does to the table, and now they are going to be without their glue guy “for a while.”

Deng spoke to the media on Tuesday and confirmed he has a torn ligament in his wrist, the same wrist injury now on his left hand that he had on his right earlier in his career. That injury required surgery, but the Bulls are not going there. Yet. Just a lot of rest.

Here are some tweets from Aggrey Sam of on what was said at Wednesday’s practice.

Lu has torn ligament in his left wrist. Won’t have surgery. Week-to-week. “Out for a while,” according to (coach Tom Thibodeau) …. Lu says the pain has decreased, but his return will be based on how much he can manage it. Says he didn’t participate today

There is no reason for Deng to go Kobe Bryant on this, getting healthy is what helps the Bulls the most.

Deng brings versatility to the Bulls lineup that will be missed. He is second on the team in scoring (15.9 points per game), third in rebounding (7.5 per game), he can shoot the three (34 percent) or drive to the rim. Also, he is long and active on defense.

Look what his teammates told

“It’s tough. Lu’s really a glue guy, somebody who really does everything for us,” said Joakim Noah. “He’s going to be missed, but we’ve got to look at the big picture, but he’s got to be healthy when it matters.”

“Well, it’s tough. The schedule’s been crazy. You can see all the injuries around the NBA. But the thing about us, guys are really stepping up,” (Richard Hamilton) explained. “Guys are very in tune to what Coach Thibs wants us to do, so when one guys goes down, the next guy steps up and we’re all happy for that. When you’ve got players really caring for each other and when guys get their name called, they’re ready to play.”

Ronnie Brewer will start at the three, and Richard Hamilton is going to have to pick up more of the scoring load as he did Monday night. The Bulls have the team to win a lot of games without Deng. And as Noah said, when they really need him is later in the season. And they need him healthy. But that could be a while.

  1. asublimeday - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Just get healthy for the playoffs.

  2. qdog112 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Kurt, I hate to break this to you, but “awhile” is one word. Question, do they pay you guys for this?

    • sellahh - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Hate to break this to you but ‘for a while’ is a perfectly fine expression. You can’t even say ‘for awhile’ since its incorrect. English is not even my native you dumbass cunt. Next time try harder punk.

  3. rosloe62 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Lu is going to be greatly missed the next several weeks or so! The nice thing about the Bulls is they are a TEAM. other guys are going to have to step up which they can do. This is a great reason why you don’t trade a ton of players to get just one (Howard). All that matters is being healthy for the playoffs. Just like the NFL, the lockout is definately causing more injuries than normal. When will owners and players learn?

  4. jimbroney - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Hey grammar police, used in this context, “awhile” is two words- a while. Now go back to your moms basement.

  5. cinnalocks - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Bodies will continue to break down as the season progresses. We are only in the second month, wait until May. Wade, Kobe, Rose are already suffering……it will affect the playoffs, tough to pick anyone this year. You never know day to day who is actually going to be able to play.

  6. brooklynbulls - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    I’ve never witnessed so many injuries with this team before. The bad news keeps coming. Lu had been doing so well in so many areas. His stats are impressive but his true value lies in his ability to consistently provide whatever his team needed from him on a nightly basis.

    Who would’ve thought, at this point, Boozer would be the iron man on this team….

    • philtration - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      Deng holds everything together but if Taj Gibson can come back soon they can play through it.
      The Bulls depth really shows when a player goes down.

      Not only is Boozer healthy but he is playing great basketball this year.
      No stupid fouls, no struggling with his shots for a quarter or two and his defense is light years better than last season.
      He looks good.

  7. glink123 - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    This totally blowz.

  8. ortonsneckbeard - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    He’s the GLOU!!!

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