CHICAGO – Derrick Rose wasn't the only visitor to the United Center to receive a big reception on Wednesday during the Chicago Bulls' 109-89 win over the Detroit Pistons. So is his old teammate Luol Deng.
In October, Deng signed a one-day deal to retire as Bull after playing 10 of his 15 seasons in Chicago. The Bulls honored that in the second quarter of Wednesday night, Deng received an acclaimed standing ovation from 18.191 fans from where he sat in a mid-level suite.
Bu That makes sense, Den Deng said, asking to retire as a Taurus. Chicago When you come back, Chicago means a lot to me, just as a basketball player who came here as a young man in my career, 19, but I have a lot of history here and I wanted it to end correctly. "Do it with familiar faces and people who know me very well."
Rose played the first seven years of her career in Chicago, earning 18 points for the Pistons. Deng said he chose Wednesday's game, because he wanted Rose to be among this gift.
Deng's former Bulls teammates Jannero Pargo, Tyrus Thomas, Joakim Noah, John Lucas III, Ben Gordon, Aaron Gray and Nazr Mohammed were both at home to support All-Star.
"Picking up your flowers is still invigorating to smell them," Pargo told ESPN. Said. Tek The only thing I'm surprised about is that there aren't any more men here. Luol dear. ”
One of the reasons why more team-mates didn't participate was because Deng, who was enjoying retirement, didn't go out of his way to look for a group of people.
In 2014, he also did not leave the franchise under the best conditions, following Andrew Bynum's trade for the throw-out contract and draft selection contract, from Chicago to Cleveland, but he did not allow bygones. . In this suite, nothing was shared with some men who went to war for years, except good memories.
Noah told ESPN geç First of all, it's going very fast. At the end of it, all you have is your memories. ” What happened in Loul, after playing for a few minutes, began trading here. He gave his heart to the organization.
Ğinde It was a bitter sweet when it came to an end, but this is where he wants to say that the group we have is special and put an end to his career so that he can eliminate all these negativities and realize that special memories are more important than that and put their egos aside. Kim I'm proud to be here – these were the best times of my life. ”
Deng, 34, played in Chicago in 2004-14 and scored an average of 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 46% shots. He spent a total of 7 seasons in the league, including seven qualifying rounds, still ranked fourth on the Bulls' career leaders list (10,286).
This report uses information from the Associated Press.