After playing the majority of the past two seasons with a torn ligament in his wrist, Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng appears ready to skip surgery yet again this offseason. Last summer, Deng opted out of surgery in favor of representing Great Britain in the Olympics. With nothing but time this summer, Deng has made the decision to forego the surgery yet again.
Last year, Deng not only suffered from the wrist injury but also a broken thumb late in the year. At times, you would have never guessed he was banged up. Deng continued to play at a high level, especially defensively, as the Bulls made quite an impressive run without point guard Derrick Rose.
Now that Deng has a summer free from any obligations, is he making the right decision opting for no surgery?
Maybe he knows something we do not. It is a possibility that he has had doctors take a look at the injury and been advised that simply resting it over the offseason may help it heal. But, surgery could potentially help the injury heal faster and would be a sure-fire option.
Deng represents a roster that has been severely dinged with injuries over the past year or so. Not only him and Rose, but Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Kirk Hinrich and Rip Hamilton suffered injuries last year causing them each to miss time.
Whether or not he is making the correct decision to rehab his injury on his own remains to be seen. What we do know, is that Deng will be on the court regardless. He has shown tremendous heart and toughness throughout the past couple of years playing through the pain, even making his first All Star game in 2013.
For the Bulls to compete for a title next year, they are going to need both Deng and Rose to be at full strength. Let’s hope he knows what he is up against and can take advantage of the resting opportunities he is given this summer.