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Deng's mom irked by Chicago's disloyalty

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07:25 AM ET 01.09 | Luol Deng mostly gets it -- his mom, not so much. "That was one of the hardest things I had to do, explain to her the organization I've been with for nine years no longer wanted me there," Deng said on his first day with the Cavs. "She couldn't understand why. She feels like I'm a nice guy. I get along with everybody. She was asking me, 'Are you not playing well? What's going on?' That was the hardest part." Deng participated in his first practice with the Cavs on Wednesday. ... He is in the final year of a deal paying him $14 million this season and said he would be open to negotiating an extension with the Cavs, but hedged it by saying he can't really answer now if it will be a long-term commitment. "I'm definitely open to talking about (an extension)," he said. "I have no problem with that."

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January 9, 2014  07:47 AM ET

She is his mom. Any parent who is worth anything supports their child and defends them to the end. She is entitled. What she should do however is take some time to ponder the true scenario here. In general the NBA is business and the Jerry Reinsdorf Chicago Bulls knows no loyalty. Deng is simply the next chapter in the book that chronicles that.

January 9, 2014  08:01 AM ET

Wouldn't take the hometown discunt, and if he feels he shouldn't then more power to him. Nobody will take less money then they feel they deserve, I hope he gets his money and time, because he was a warrior for my team for almost a decade

January 9, 2014  08:52 AM ET
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Wouldn't take the hometown discunt, and if he feels he shouldn't then more power to him. Nobody will take less money then they feel they deserve, I hope he gets his money and time, because he was a warrior for my team for almost a decade

He wouldn't take it but the Bulls have put Deng on the back burner every year. Fans love him but management don't feel the same way. It's a known fact that they don't value him as much.

January 9, 2014  09:02 AM ET

shhhh momma deng
- your son has made tens of millions of $$ already
it si a business and they couldn't come to a business deal
so they moved on.
he's still going to get paid

January 9, 2014  09:02 AM ET
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He wouldn't take it but the Bulls have put Deng on the back burner every year. Fans love him but management don't feel the same way. It's a known fact that they don't value him as much.

you talking about deng or pau ?


<opens pandora's box>

January 9, 2014  09:10 AM ET

It's a business, loyalty does not exist.

January 9, 2014  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

you talking about deng or pau ?


<opens pandora's box>

You open that box so much she should change her name to:


'Spread Eagle Pandora'

January 9, 2014  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It's a business, loyalty does not exist.

Neither by teams nor players alike...

January 9, 2014  09:23 AM ET

She should be happy for her son. He is in a place now that will truly appreciate him. He will probably be taken care of there come signing time.

January 9, 2014  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Neither by teams nor players alike...

The Spurs disagree.

January 9, 2014  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Neither by teams nor players alike...

Morning Eli. :-)

January 9, 2014  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The Spurs disagree.

Not all but many. Look at how players bend their teams over. My team not excluded...


Good morning to you sir.

January 9, 2014  09:29 AM ET

yup.
Once again.
You stick to these teams and they trade you and take you for granted.
Then when players wanna bolt everyone is like "No loyalty".
Really?
When you fail to put a winning roster around guys they leave!
Reggie Miller was different.
The bulls have yet to put a great roster around Rose, still no all star caliber 2 guard to take pressure off of him.
Traded Deng, am hearing Boozer is next but we know they'll keep him.
Wonder what Rose is thinking....

January 9, 2014  09:39 AM ET

Loyalty Is A Two-Way Street, Mam.

January 9, 2014  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Wouldn't take the hometown discunt, and if he feels he shouldn't then more power to him. Nobody will take less money then they feel they deserve, I hope he gets his money and time, because he was a warrior for my team for almost a decade

Nicely said.

January 9, 2014  10:06 AM ET
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yup.Once again.You stick to these teams and they trade you and take you for granted.Then when players wanna bolt everyone is like "No loyalty".Really?When you fail to put a winning roster around guys they leave!Reggie Miller was different.The bulls have yet to put a great roster around Rose, still no all star caliber 2 guard to take pressure off of him.Traded Deng, am hearing Boozer is next but we know they'll keep him.Wonder what Rose is thinking....

Rose is finished.

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January 9, 2014  10:50 AM ET
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Wouldn't take the hometown discunt, and if he feels he shouldn't then more power to him. Nobody will take less money then they feel they deserve, I hope he gets his money and time, because he was a warrior for my team for almost a decade

Are you taking about Kobe? No player will take a discount unless they want to win a ring. See Miami.

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January 9, 2014  10:51 AM ET
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Deng has done everything in his power to keep the Bulls relevant.He's a team guy who was always a professional.I get why the Bulls didn't want to bury themselves with a huge deal.I also get why he would be upset that they didn't feel like he was worth it.I hope he gets the payday that he wants and the validation that he seeks in Ohio.

Just say NO to Ohio?

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