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Deng hoping to delay surgery


TEAM GB basketball captain Luol Deng is ready to play through the pain to ensure he can feature at the London Olympic Games.

The Chicago Bulls small forward tore ligaments in his left wrist back in January but put off surgery to complete the NBA season and now is he hoping to again delay going under the knife in order to be available for his country.

The 27-year-old’s domestic season came to a close on May 10 as the Bulls suffered a first round play-off defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Deng, who scored 19 points in the game, is now turning his attention to the Olympics and he revealed that playing in the Games will fulfil a childhood ambition.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the Olympics. I’m excited about it. It's something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid and I’ll prepare myself for it," said Deng.

Speaking to ESPN, Deng added that he would have to keep monitoring his injury situation and admitted that he had found playing through the pain in the NBA a very tough experience.

"I’ve got to see how my wrist feels, right now, going in to the Olympics, and then right after the Olympics. I’ll make the decision, whether if my wrist is good enough I don’t need the surgery, or if I’ll need it. I haven’t really ruled out not getting the surgery or getting it. I just haven’t made that decision.

"I just know I’ve got the Olympics ahead of me, since I was a kid growing up, it's something I always wanted an opportunity to be part of. The fact that it’s in my hometown that I grew up in a country that gave me opportunity to even be here, I’m looking forward to it."

"Honestly, my whole career it’s the toughest thing I’ve done," he added about playing with torn ligaments. "I look back at it and I’m glad i did it. I really hope in the long run it’s going to make me a better player.

“I learned a lot of things to be capable to do that. I’m glad I made the decision. We had the best record and we were going into the play-offs with the best team. It was definitely a great decision."

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