Saturday , Apr , 09 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Bulls’ Deng to have season-ending surgery

=== Bulls’ Deng to have season-ending surgery ===

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls announced Saturday that
forward Luol Deng will undergo surgery to repair a ligament tear in his right
wrist, which will end his rookie season.

The surgery, which is scheduled for Tuesday in New York City, is expected to
sideline Deng for quite a while.

“We expect he will be in a cast for six to eight weeks after the surgery,
followed by three to six months of rehabilitation with our medical staff,”
said Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson.
“Given Luol’s drive and work ethic, we know he will do all that is needed to
successfully complete this process.”

Deng’s injury originally occurred in Chicago’s 94-86 victory over Memphis on
March 28 at the United Center. He left that game at the 7:41 mark of the
second quarter and did not return to action.

Appearing in 61 games, including 45 starts, Deng has averaged 11.7 points, 5.3
rebounds and 2.2 assists per game this season.

The Bulls, who are in position to qualify for the playoffs for the first time
since 1998, were in action against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.