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Saturday
Sep272014

Luol Deng: Hope Something Positive Comes Out of Ferry Situation

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Miami Heat forward Luol Deng doesn't believe the Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is a racist.

Deng was asked about the racially insensitive remarks that Ferry read back in June in a scouting report and said on Friday he hopes that something positive can come out of it.

"I think one of the hardest things to do as a human being, and it's something we should do more often, is forgive," Deng said. "I really do forgive Danny. It's not something I want to hold onto for the rest of my career or the rest of my life."

Deng said that the Hawks were one of the teams that he was considering signing with, but chose to accept Miami's two-year deal worth $20 million.

"I really believe that he's really sorry for what he said," Deng continued. "And whether it came from him or wherever it came from, the main focus really should be on how we move on going forward. What are we going to do about it?"

Deng believes that something positive will come out of this tough situation.

"We could really turn this into a positive thing where people can benefit from," Deng said. "It's something we'd like to start, working together with Danny and helping people back home in Africa or working with an organization. Just so that one day we could look back and say this happened and it was something negative, but look at how it turned around and how it became something positive.

"I'm not the type of person to hold on and be angry at somebody or be angry at Danny. I don't think Danny is racist. I really don't. I really don't know Danny to describe him as a person. I just know who he is. That's just what I believe in. I would like to put it behind me and just move forward. But I would really love if I could do something positive out of it."


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Saturday
Sep132014

Hawks GM Danny Ferry Takes Leave of Absence

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Atlanta Hawks general manager, Danny Ferry, took an indefinite leave of absence Friday.

Ferry recently came under fire for his racial comments about current Miami Heat forward Luol Deng.

Ferry made the comments during a conference call with the Hawks ownership group in June. The Hawks were interested in signing Deng, and Ferry was reading off a scouting report written by somebody else.

Ferry released a statement regarding the situation:

"No words can adequately describe my remorse for the hurt that I have caused many people through the statements I repeated, most importantly Luol Deng.

"Luol is a good man who I have known for many years and he has done a tremendous amount of good for his country and around the world.  I apologize to Luol and I apologize to all that I have offended. As I have said, while these were not my words, I deeply regret repeating them.  Almost all the background information I provided during the lengthy presentation regarding Luol was positive and my personal and professional recommendation during the call was very much in favor of adding Luol to our team but I never should have uttered those offensive remarks and for that I apologize."

There was pressure for Ferry to be fired, but Hawks CEO Steve Koonin refused, instead asking for Ferry to take a leave of absence.

"My hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing," Koonin said in a statement.
                                                                                                                                       

Ferry also stated he plans to undergo sensitivity training.


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Wednesday
Sep102014

Luol Deng Responds to Ferry

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Miami Heat forward Luol Deng responded to a recent scouting report that Hawks general manager Danny Ferry read during a June conference call.

Ferry and the Hawks pursued Deng before he signed with Miami last season and apologized on Monday for the racial comments he made in a letter that he sent to Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr.

Deng released a statement on Tuesday.

'HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM'

"Ultimately, I'm thankful to be with an organization that appreciates me for who I am and has gone out of its way to make me feel welcome."

"These words were recently used to describe me. It would ordinarily make any African parent proud to hear their child recognized for their heritage.

"I'm proud to say I actually have a lot of African in me, not just 'a little.' For my entire life, my identity has been a source of pride and strength. Among my family and friends, in my country of South Sudan and across the broader continent of Africa, I can think of no greater privilege than to do what I love for a living while also representing my heritage on the highest stage. Unfortunately, the comment about my heritage was not made with the same respect and appreciation.

"Concerning my free agency, the focus should purely have been on my professionalism and my ability as an athlete. Every person should have the right to be treated with respect and evaluated as an individual, rather than be reduced to a stereotype. I am saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting.

"However, there is comfort in knowing that there are people who aren't comfortable with it and have the courage to speak up. In the same way a generalization should not define a group of people, the attitude of a few should not define a whole organization or league.


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Tuesday
Jul152014

Miami Heat Re-Sign Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat/NBA(MIAMI) -- The Miami Heat has re-signed guard Dwyane Wade, the team announced on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Dwyane has been the franchise cornerstone for this team since the day he arrived 11 years ago,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “He has shown his commitment to the Heat many times over the course of his career and has always been willing to sacrifice in order to help build this team into a champion. This time is no different. I am ecstatic to have him back in the fold and I am confident that Dwyane, as always, will be leading this team as we look to contend for NBA Championships.”

Miami originally selected Wade out of Marquette with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. In 11 seasons with the Heat, Wade has averaged 24.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds per game. The 10-time All-Star has won three NBA championships during his tenure.

The Heat also announced on Tuesday the signing of free agent forward Luol Deng.


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Wednesday
Mar192014

LeBron Scores 43 as Heat Throttle Cavaliers 

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) --  LeBron James still loves playing in Cleveland.

James scored 25 of his 43 points in the first quarter, and the Miami Heat cruised to a 100-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Chris Bosh added 21 points for Miami (46-19), who was without the services of Dwayne Wade.  Wade missed the game while resting his sore knees.

"I don't know, it's one of those zones," James said when asked about his first-quarter performance. "When I started the game off, I felt like I could have gone for 50 or 60."

Jarrett Jack paced the Cavaliers (26-42) with 22 points.  Cleveland was playing without injured All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng and now sit six games back of the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"Our guys hung in there and they competed," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said.

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Tuesday
Jan072014

Cavaliers Send Andrew Bynum, Draft Picks to Bulls for Luol Deng

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a move that benefits one team in the present, and the other in the future, the Cleveland Cavaliers has sent center Andrew Bynum and three future draft picks to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng.

In addition to the salary relief the Bulls receive by taking on Bynum's deal, they also secured valuable draft picks. Chicago received a future first-round pick, two future second-round picks, and the ability to swap draft positions with the Cavaliers in 2015 as long as Cleveland picks outside the top-14.

For the Cavaliers, they have upgraded their team in an area they desperately needed. In his tenth NBA season, the 28-year-old Deng is averaging 19.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Aside from his offensive ability, Deng is a tremendous defender as well.

"We have great respect for Luol Deng as a player and a person," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said. "The moves made today will put us in a better position to make the entire roster stronger for the future and to compete for a championship."

Bynum wore out his welcome quickly in his first season in Cleveland. He was suspended recently for conduct detrimental to the team. He is expected to be waived by the Bulls, and become a free agent.

The Bulls had title aspirations this season, but seem to be hitting the reset button after point guard Derrick Rose suffered yet another season-ending injury earlier in the season.

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Sunday
Nov172013

Bulls Stop Pacers 9-Game Winning Streak, 110-94

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Bulls (5-3) halted the Indiana Pacers (9-1) season opening nine-game winning streak on Saturday night with a 110-94 win.

Forward Luol Deng led the way for the Bulls with 23 points and seven rebounds, while teammate Derrick Rose contributed 20. The Bulls were 11-of-19 shooting from 3-point range.

The Pacers trailed by 25 points at half-time after getting outscored by 11 in the first quarter and 14 in the second quarter. Indiana finished with six players in double figures, including a team-high 14 points from center Roy Hibbert.

Chicago now has won four straight.

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Friday
Nov082013

Bulls Luol Deng Wants to Remain with the Bulls His Whole Career

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though he has a chance to cash in this summer during free agency, Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng hopes to spend his entire career with the Bulls although he could be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

"I definitely want to stay here," Deng told ESPNChicago.com. "I would love to play here my whole career."

Since joining the team back in 2004 during a draft-night-trade with the Phoenix Suns, Deng has been one of the most vital members of the team not just offensively, but defensively as well.

Despite his optimism, Deng understands that just because he wants to remain with the team doesn't mean it'll happen.

"I've seen players in the past who wanted to stay with their team and it didn't work out," Deng added. "At the end of the day, I can't control that."

Deng is a two-time All Star. The 28-year-old has averaged 16 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.

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Monday
Sep162013

Luol Deng Eyes 2014 Free Agency 

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  According to a report, the Chicago Bulls and forward Luol Deng were unable to come to terms on a long-term contract extension.

His agent Herb Rudoy told the Chicago Tribune last week that the Bulls informed him there would be no talks this offseason or during training camp to extend the contract of the two-time All-Star, making it more likely that Deng will explore free agency in 2014.

The 28-year-old Deng is entering the final season of a six-year, $71 million contract.

Bulls general manager Gar Forman said in June that he still thinks of Deng as a key member of the team. 

"We value Luol, as you all know," Forman. "You've heard [Bulls coach] Tom [Thibodeau] talk about it during the season, and us talk about it for years. Luol's a big piece of what we're doing. He's been a big piece of the success we've had the last couple years. He'll continue to be a big piece of what we're doing moving forward."

Deng averaged 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season, but missed the last seven games of the playoffs with complications from a spinal tap.

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Thursday
May162013

Heat Eliminate Banged Up Bulls 

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- It was a tough series, but the Miami Heat are moving on.

LeBron James scored 23 points, Dwayne Wade added 18 and the Miami Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls 94-91 in Miami on Wednesday night to close out their second-round series in five games.

"We gave it everything we had," James said. "I have no energy left."

The Bulls had an 11-point second-half lead when Wade went back into the locker room for some quick treatment on his ailing right knee.  He came back in and helped the Heat outscore the Bulls 25-14 to advance to their third-straight Eastern Conference finals.

Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 26 points and 14 rebounds.  The Bulls were once again without three of their top players, and they still found a way to advance to the second-round of the playoffs.  Guards Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich, and forward Luol Deng were all out with various injuries.  Rose hasn't played since last April when he tore his ACL.

"Obviously we're disappointed in losing the series," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "But I was never disappointed in our team. I thought our team fought hard all year long. There was no quit in them."

The Bulls blew out the Heat in Game 1 of the series, before Miami won four straight.  They are 45-3 in their last 48 games overall.

The Bulls will face the winner of the series between the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference finals.

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