CHICAGO – Derrick Rose was not the only visitor to receive a large reception at the United Center on Wednesday during 109-89 Chicago Bulls. Win against the Detroit Pistons. Like his former teammate Luol Deng.
In October, Deng signed a one-day deal to leave as a bull after playing 10 of his 15 seasons in Chicago. The bull honored him on Wednesday in the second quarter when Deng received a standing ovation from 18119 fans from his chair in a mid-level suite.
"That made sense," Deng said, leaving as a bull. “Chicago means a lot to me when you look back, just for my career as a basketball player who came here as a young man of 19, but there is a lot of history and I wanted it to end in the right direction. do it with familiar faces and people who know me very well. “
Rose, who played the first seven years of her career in Chicago, scored 18 points for the Piston. Deng said he chose a match on Wednesday because he wanted Rose to be present.
Deng's former teammates Jannero Pargo, Tyrus Thomas, Joakim Noah, John Lucas III, Ben Gordon, Aaron Gray and Nazr Mohammed were also in the house. to support the double All-Star.
"Getting flowers is very refreshing while they can feel them," Pargo told ESPN. “The only thing I'm surprised is that there's no more people. Luol is loved. ”
Part of the reason why no more teammates took part is because Deng, who enjoys retirement, has not come out of his way to call a group of people.
Also, in 2014, he did not leave the franchise under the best conditions, following his business from Chicago to Cleveland for a Andrew Bynum Diversion Agreement and a selection of proposals, but left the past years to be past.
Nothing but good memories with some of the boys he went to war with for many years were not shared inside this kit.
“It's going so fast at first. All you have at the end is just your memories, “Noah told ESPN. “What happened to Loulo got out of here after a few minutes of play. He gave his heart to the organization.
"When it was over, it was bitter, but he put aside all the negativity for him and remember that special memories are more important than that and put your ego aside and are able to say that the group we had is special and here he wanted to end his career, ”he added. about who is like a person. I'm just proud to be here – these were the best times of my life. “
Deng, 34, played in Chicago between 2004 and 2014, reaching an average of 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists at 46% shooting. has spent 15 seasons in the league in total, including seven playoff performances, and is still fourth in the Bulls Leaders list in points (10,286).
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.