Luol Deng
Basketball player
Luol Deng
Luol Deng is a British professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls and the Great Britain national basketball team. He plays the small forward position. He was selected to his first All Star game during the 2011-12 NBA season, joining teammate Derrick Rose. Born in what is now South Sudan, Deng fled the country with his family as a child, moving to Egypt and then the United Kingdom, becoming a British citizen in 2006.
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LeBron James Blasts Donald Trump's Muslim Ban
Huffington Post - 20 days
LeBron James has made no secret of his distaste for President Donald Trump: He endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in October and mocked Trump in comments about NBA All-Star voting last month. Now, the NBA’s biggest superstar is speaking out against the executive order Trump signed to ban refugees and stop immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States. “Diversity is what makes this country so great,” James said while accepting the NAACP’s Jackie Robinson Sports Award this month, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I stand with the many, many Americans who believe this does not represent what the United States is all about.” “I am not in favor of this policy or any policy that divides and excludes people,” James said. “I stand with the many, many Americans who believe this does not represent what the United States is all about. And we should continue to speak out about it.” The NAACP gives the Jackie Robinson Sports Aw ...
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Lakers' Luol Deng shares his refugee experience in wake of Trump travel ban
LATimes - 27 days
As refugees living in Egypt, Luol Deng and his family woke up every day hoping that would be the day they found a new home. Civil war forced them from a part of Sudan that is now South Sudan. Five years later the United Kingdom finally gave them political asylum. When refugees were halted this...
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Lakers forward Luol Deng 'proud refugee' against US ban
Yahoo News - 29 days
Los Angeles Lakers forward Luol Deng, a Sudan-born NBA player who is now a British citizen, called himself a "proud refugee" Monday as he condemned US President Donald Trump's travel ban. Deng was born in Wau, which became part of South Sudan in 2011. After fleeing the region for Egypt, Deng became a British citizen in 2006, playing for Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.
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Lakers' Luol Deng is out 'indefinitely' with sprained right wrist
LATimes - about 1 month
The Lakers, like the Clippers, lost a starter to a hand injury on Tuesday, but the news wasn’t quite as devastating as it was for their city rivals, who lost Chris Paul for six to eight weeks after the star point guard tore a ligament in his left thumb. Lakers forward Luol Deng suffered a sprained...
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Luol Deng is becoming comfortable with Lakers' offense
LATimes - about 2 months
One day after his first missed game of the season, Luol Deng put together perhaps his best game as a Laker. His game against the Miami Heat didn’t mark his highest scoring output of the season, but showed an increased comfort in the Lakers’ offense. “I’m just getting comfortable with how we’re...
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Deng looking forward to Lakers renaissance
Yahoo News - 4 months
Whether fleeing civil war in Sudan with his family or moving to the United States on a scholarship as a 14-year-old, Luol Deng is no stranger to new beginnings. The 31-year-old British forward's nomadic existence has now taken him to Hollywood, where he is expected to be a key figure as the Los Angeles Lakers attempt to rebuild after the worst season in their history. Deng joined the Lakers on a four-year $72 million deal in July, lured by the possibility of working with new coach Luke Walton at the start of a long-term project to revive the iconic franchise.
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Lakers' Jordan Clarkson continues to impress off the bench
LATimes - 5 months
With Luol Deng still working back from a bruised knee, Luke Walton is taking an opportunity to tinker with different starting lineups. None of them have included Jordan Clarkson, even though the third-year guard is leading the Lakers with 13.5 points a game through two exhibitions. Walton has started...
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Lakers agree to sign Luol Deng to four-year, $72-million deal
LATimes - 8 months
The Lakers made one of their last big free-agent deals of the off-season, adding another veteran Saturday by agreeing to a four-year, $72-million deal with former All-Star Luol Deng. Deng, 31, typically does a little bit of everything on the court and gives the Lakers someone to fill the small-forward...
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AP Source: Lakers Get Luol Deng for 4 Years, $72 Million
NYTimes - 8 months
With Kobe Bryant gone and the team in desperate need of mature leadership, the Los Angeles Lakers are turning to Luol Deng for help on the court and in the locker room.
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Deng questionable for Heat with bruised left wrist
Yahoo News - 10 months
Britain's Luol Deng, a key playmaker for the Miami Heat, was declared questionable by the NBA club on Thursday for Friday's crucial home playoff matchup against the Toronto Raptors. The 31-year-old Sudanese-born forward underwent an MRI exam that revealed no fracture in showing the extent of the injury, which was suffered in Wednesday's 99-91 loss at Toronto. The winner will face the Cleveland Cavaliers to decide a berth in next month's NBA Finals.
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Deng, Heat overpower Hornets in opener - 11 months
(The Sports Xchange) - Luol Deng will have pleasant memories of his first playoff game with the Miami Heat.
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Review: In ‘New York, New York,’ Job Opportunities Complicate a Relationship
NYTimes - 11 months
In this film from Luo Dong, a man and a woman wrestle with the question of leaving China or remaining there.
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Ex-Bull Luol Deng puts Northbrook mansion back on the market for $2.5 million
Chicago Times - 11 months
Former Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng on March 18 placed his seven-bedroom, 10,100-square-foot mansion in Northbrook back on the market for $2.495 million. Now with the Miami Heat, the 30-year-old Sudanese native and two-time All-Star played for the Bulls from 2004 until January 2014, when the...
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Two years after trade, Luol Deng keeps close contact with ex-teammates
Chicago Times - about 1 year
More than two hours before tipoff Monday, Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler shared a laugh at center court after their pregame routines. It's no surprise both were working so early. Butler consistently has cited Deng and former Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin as instrumental in helping shape his...
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NBA announces exhibition game in South Africa on Aug. 1
USA Today - almost 2 years
NBA announces Luol Deng, Chris Paul to play exhibition game in South Africa on Aug. 1           
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Luol Deng
  • 2016
    On July 7, 2016, Deng signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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    He played two seasons for the Heat before signing with the Lakers in July 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Born in what is now South Sudan, Deng fled the country with his family as a child, moving to Egypt and then the United Kingdom. He became a British citizen in 2006, and has played for the Great Britain national basketball team in international competitions. Deng was born in Wau, Sudan (now South Sudan) and is a member of the Dinka ethnic group. When he was young, his father Aldo, a member of the Sudanese parliament, moved the family to Egypt to escape the Second Sudanese Civil War. In Egypt, they met former NBA center Manute Bol, another Dinka, who taught Deng's older brother, Ajou Deng, how to play basketball while also serving as a mentor for Luol himself. When they were granted political asylum, his family emigrated to Brixton, South London. Deng was educated at St. Mary's RC High School, a voluntary aided state comprehensive school in Croydon in South London. He developed an interest in football, admiring Faustino Asprilla of Newcastle United, but also continued to play basketball, and was invited to join England's 15-and-under team in that sport. During this time, he began his career at Brixton Basketball Club. He represented Croydon at the London Youth Games, and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. At the age of 13, he played for England's squad in the European Junior Men's Qualifying Tournament, averaging 40 points and 14 rebounds.
    On February 19, 2016, he scored a season-high 30 points in a 115–111 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
    More Details Hide Details The Heat finished the regular season as the third seed in the Eastern Conference with a 48–34 record. In the first round of the playoffs, the Heat faced the sixth-seeded Charlotte Hornets, and in a Game 1 win on April 17, Deng set a Heat playoff debut record with 31 points on 11-for-13 shooting.
  • 2015
    In late November and early December 2015, Deng missed six games with a left hamstring strain.
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    On August 1, 2015, Deng played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game.
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    On June 29, 2015, Deng exercised his player option for the 2015–16 season.
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  • 2014
    He had his best scoring game of the 2014–15 season on January 20, when he scored 29 points against the Philadelphia 76ers.
    More Details Hide Details Deng finished the season averaging 14 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
    On 15 July 2014, Deng signed with the Miami Heat.
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    On 7 January 2014, the Chicago Bulls traded Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum, two future second round draft picks in 2015 and 2016 (initially traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Cavaliers), a protected future pick the Cavaliers received from the Sacramento Kings, and the right to swap first round picks with the Cavaliers in the 2015 draft.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of the trade, Deng was the fifth-longest tenured Bull and fourth-leading scorer in franchise history. In his Cavaliers debut, Deng had 10 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, and 4 turnovers in 21 minutes. Two games later, he scored 27 points with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 block. This was his highest scoring game with the Cavaliers. Deng finished the season averaging 14.1 points and 2.5 assists.
  • 2013
    Deng's representatives and Chicago Bulls executives had informal talks about extending his contract over the summer, but the team never made a formal offer. Deng, who would become a free agent after the 2013–14 season, was seeking a contract close to $12 million a year over 4–5 seasons.
    More Details Hide Details Rumors about him being traded continued throughout the season. During the first months of the season, Deng again emerged as the Bulls leading scorer with the absence of Derrick Rose. He had his best performances on 27 and 30 November, when he scored 27 points against the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers in two separate games. He also registered 6 rebounds against the Pistons, and 11 assists against the Cavs. During the first two months of the season, Deng averaged a career-high of 19 points and 3.7 assists per game. He also averaged 6.9 rebounds per game.
    During the 2013 Playoffs, Deng averaged 13.8 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game, and 3.8 assists per game in 44.8 minutes per game.
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    Deng was selected as a reserve for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, along with Joakim Noah.
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  • 2012
    During the 2012–13 season, he averaged a team high 16.5 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, and a career high 3 assists per game.
    More Details Hide Details His free throw percentage of .816 was also a career high. He again led the league in minutes per game with (38.7). Even without Derrick Rose, who was out for the whole year due to an ACL injury, the Bulls still tallied a 45–37 record, finishing 5th in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the Central Division. The Chicago Bulls met the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the 2013 Playoffs. The Bulls defeated the Nets in seven games and met the Miami Heat in the semi-finals. The Heat defeated the Bulls in five games. The Heat went on to win the 2013 NBA Finals.
    Deng made a buzzer-beating game winner on 24 March 2012, off a tip-in basket to lift the Bulls 102–101 in overtime versus the Toronto Raptors.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the season, Deng was selected for the NBA All-Defensive Second Team
    On 9 February 2012, Deng was selected as a reserve for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game's Eastern Conference team, joining teammate Derrick Rose, who was voted in as a starter.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first time since 1997 (when both Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen made the team) that the Chicago Bulls had two All-Stars in the All-Star Game.
    He returned to the starting line-up against the Milwaukee Bucks on 4 February 2012, scoring 21 points with 9 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block.
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    Deng injured his wrist during the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats on 21 January 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Initially thought to be a minor injury, it was later revealed by an MRI that Deng tore the ligament in his left wrist. Deng decided to postpone surgery and play the rest of the season through the pain.
    The small forward was an All-Star with the Bulls in 2012 and 2013 before splitting the 2013–14 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    More Details Hide Details After just half a season with Cleveland, Deng joined the Miami Heat for 2014–15.
  • 2011
    On 31 March 2011, Eric Bressman of Dime magazine called Deng "the most underrated player" writing he was "never the face of the franchise but always the backbone".
    More Details Hide Details Coach Thibodeau has consistently called Deng the "glue" that holds the Bulls together. "Luol's professional. He practices hard. He prepares well. He studies his opponent. He's great at executing offensively and defensively. He's helped this team get better every day", said Thibodeau. Deng was the Bulls' second leading scorer during the playoffs. In the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat, Deng was praised for his defense on LeBron James. However, the Miami Heat went on to eliminate the Bulls in five games. Deng averaged just under 43 minutes, 16.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game during the playoffs.
    On 24 February 2011, Deng scored 20 points, 10 rebounds, and hit the game winning 3-point shot with 16 seconds left on the clock in a game against the Miami Heat.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the season, Deng significantly improved his 3-point shooting after coach Tom Thibodeau asked him to. In the past four seasons, Deng attempted 132 3-point shots, whereas this season he attempted 333, hitting 115 for a 34%. Deng finished the season averaging 17.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, being the third lead scorer for the Chicago Bulls behind Derrick Rose (25.) and Carlos Boozer (17.5). This was also Deng's seventh season averaging double figures. During the first round of the playoffs against the Indiana Pacers, Deng averaged 18.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, being the second leading scorer of the team behind Derrick Rose.
  • 2010
    On 1 November 2010, Deng scored a new career-high 40 points, hitting 14 of his 19 shots, along with 9 of 11 free throws, against the Portland Trail Blazers, scoring a point a minute.
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  • 2009
    Deng played in a total of 70 games during the 2009–10 season, also increasing his scoring and rebounding to 17.6 and 7.3 respectively, helping the Bulls make the playoffs again.
    More Details Hide Details He missed 11 straight games at the end of March because of a sprained right calf. During the first-round of the playoffs, Deng averaged 18.8 points per game along with 5. rebounds per game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He scored 26 points in the final game, but couldn't prevent the Bulls being eliminated by the Cavs.
  • 2008
    Most recently, he won the 2008 UN Refugee Agency's Humanitarian of the Year Award as part of the UNHCR's campaign to bring education and sports to millions of displaced children.
    More Details Hide Details Near the beginning of the season, the Bulls started negotiating a contract extension for Deng. Negotiations were mostly handled by Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. The team offered Deng a five-year extension for $57.5 million. However, Deng decided to reject the deal and wait until the season ended to continue negotiations. In the 2007–08 season, Luol played in sixty-three games, missing 19 mostly because of left Achilles tendinitis. Despite injuries, Deng still averaged 17. points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game. He had his best game against the Milwaukee Bucks when he scored 32 points in a 151–135 victory. The Bulls missed the playoffs in the 2007–08 season for the first time since 2004. Before the season started, Deng agreed to a contract extension for six years and $71 million. The agreement was announced by Bulls general manager, John Paxson. Paxson said in a statement "Signing Luol has always been a priority for this organization and we have always felt that he was a big part of our future. We are very happy that Luol will now be with us long term as we continue to grow as an organization."
  • 2007
    He made his debut against Georgia in Pau, France on 9 August 2007, scoring 19 points.
    More Details Hide Details In his first competitive qualifying game representing Great Britain, Deng collected 21 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks against Slovakia, at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena on 21 August 2007. He played with the team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where he averaged 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists. However, Great Britain finished with a 1–4 record. Deng is involved in numerous charities, such as the UK children's charity School Home Support. He has been noted for his work on behalf of the Lost Boys of Sudan and other refugees. During the summers of 2006 and 2007, Luol went to Africa, Asia and Europe with the NBA for their Basketball Without Borders Tour. He is also a spokesperson for the World Food Programme. "He really does epitomize everything I had hoped for as a person and a basketball player", general manager John Paxson said. "I think it's one of the reasons we've gotten to the level we're at this year. I'm truly proud of him. I think the world of him as a person and as a player."
    Deng has won three major sportsmanship awards. On 3 May 2007, Deng won the NBA's sportsmanship award in a vote by players.
    More Details Hide Details The award honours the player who best exemplifies ethical behaviour, fair play, and integrity on the court. For that award, the league donated $25,000 on his behalf to Pacific Garden Mission, the oldest continuously operating rescue mission in the country. Deng also won the 2006–2007 Golden Icon Award for Best Sports Role Model. The awards are presented by the Travolta entertainment family.
    On 26 March 2007 Deng posted a new career-high 38 points to lead the Bulls to a home victory against the Portland Trail Blazers.
    More Details Hide Details Deng converted 18 of his 25 shots from the field.
  • 2006
    On 27 December 2006, Deng was driving in the lane when Miami Heat player James Posey grabbed him, causing concern that Deng may have re-injured his wrist.
    More Details Hide Details Posey earned a flagrant foul, was ejected and suspended for one game. Deng scored 32 points against the Cavaliers just three nights later, resolving concern that the wrist would be re-injured.
    In October 2006, Deng became a naturalised British citizen in a ceremony in Croydon and was called up to play in European competition for the Great Britain team.
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    For the 2006–07 season, Deng was the only Bull to start all 82 regular season games.
    More Details Hide Details All of his numbers continued to improve, and he led the team in minutes played (37.5) and field goal percentage (.517), while playing a strong second scoring option to Ben Gordon, with a marked improvement to 18.8 points per game. Deng also notably rarely committed fouls on defense (2.00 per game), despite the minutes he played and frequently being outsized in match ups against power forwards such as Kevin Garnett.
  • 2004
    After one year at Duke, Deng entered the 2004 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details He was picked seventh overall by the Phoenix Suns, but was immediately traded to the Chicago Bulls by prior agreement. Deng suffered a season-ending wrist injury late in his rookie season, but still made the NBA All-Rookie First Team to help the resurgent Bulls return to the playoffs for the first time in seven years. Deng played in 61 games and averaged 11.7 points per game. On 8 February, Deng recorded his first double-double vs. the Dallas Mavericks. In his second season, he posted strong performances throughout March and April to help the Bulls earn their second consecutive playoff berth. His offensive statistics improved in his sophomore season, increasing his scoring to 14.3 points per game, and increasing his rebounding to 6.6 per game, up from a 5.3 average his rookie season. Deng had four straight double-double performances from 28 February to 5 March, with at least ten points and rebounds in each game. In the playoffs, the Bulls faced off against the Miami Heat in a best of 7 game series. Deng came off the bench in all six games, averaging ten points per game.
    He averaged 30.1 minutes and scored 15.1 points per game en route to a berth in the 2004 Final Four.
    More Details Hide Details He is only the 10th freshman in ACC history to lead all rookies in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage.
  • 2003
    Deng accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Duke University, where he played for coach Mike Krzyzewski's Duke Blue Devils basketball team in 2003–04.
    More Details Hide Details In one season at Duke, he appeared in 37 games and made 32 starts.
    Considered a five-star recruit by, Deng was listed as the No. 1 small forward and the No. 2 player in the nation in 2003.
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  • 1985
    Born on April 16, 1985.
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