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Report: Luol Deng unhappy with messy Cavs culture

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08:53 AM ET 02.02 | It's been a true culture shock for Luol Deng since he's been a Cleveland Cavalier over the past 26 days. Not in a good way, either. Deng has seen how a team mired in losing since LeBron James left town wrongly caters to its young star players, even as they continue to undermine head coach Mike Brown at almost every turn. In Chicago, where Deng broke in and played nine-plus seasons, there is a winning culture where players are expected to act like professionals and understand that they will suffer the consequences if they step out of line. As Deng recently told one close friend, "the stuff going on in practice would never be tolerated by the coaching staff or the front office back in Chicago. It's a mess."

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February 2, 2014  09:02 AM ET

It's tough on Deng to play with quitters and losers...

February 2, 2014  09:12 AM ET

" wrongly caters to its young star players, even as they continue to undermine hea coach Mike Brown at almost every turn. "

^^
This looks like what they used to say when LBJ was there. Nothing has changed and they are still repeating the mistakes of the past. They learned nothing from the LBJ debacle. Nothing at all.

I blame the owner at this point. Why recreate the same mess by hiring the same door mat coach who was walked on by LBJ then Kobe and now Kyrie. SMH

February 2, 2014  09:12 AM ET

He ain't staying????

Whaaaaaaaat? We were told differently by the Cavs contingent.

February 2, 2014  09:20 AM ET

Cavs Culture Is An Oxymoron, Bro.

February 2, 2014  09:28 AM ET

Starts from the top.

February 2, 2014  09:48 AM ET

Deng is a no nonsense type player. Always leaves everything in court, practice or games. Cavs isn't for him. Come to ATL bro!

February 2, 2014  10:06 AM ET

What a freaking disaster! The Cleveland Cavaliers are a hopeless case much like the Browns. How can anyone pity a franchise and a city that continually makes wrong choices.


That's why you are called the 'Mistake By The Lake' Cleveland.

February 2, 2014  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

What a freaking disaster! The Cleveland Cavaliers are a hopeless case much like the Browns. How can anyone pity a franchise and a city that continually makes wrong choices.That's why you are called the 'Mistake By The Lake' Cleveland.

Ouch, now that's just mean. Even if it is true!

February 2, 2014  10:15 AM ET

"the stuff going on in practice would never be tolerated by the coaching staff or the front office back in Chicago. It's a mess."



Clearly.....an example of 'not knowing how good you have it, until it's gone'........

February 2, 2014  10:47 AM ET

Guess that Bulls' contract that he left on the table isn't looking so bad after all.

February 2, 2014  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Guess that Bulls' contract that he left on the table isn't looking so bad after all.

He probably feels the same way and will get a pay raise playing somewhere else this summer. I'm sure he will do his homework first though and not end up in bad environment.

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February 2, 2014  11:16 AM ET

Could be worse...

February 2, 2014  11:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

" wrongly caters to its young star players, even as they continue to undermine hea coach Mike Brown at almost every turn. "^^This looks like what they used to say when LBJ was there. Nothing has changed and they are still repeating the mistakes of the past. They learned nothing from the LBJ debacle. Nothing at all.I blame the owner at this point. Why recreate the same mess by hiring the same door mat coach who was walked on by LBJ then Kobe and now Kyrie. SMH

Sounds like Bynum was also right. He got out at the right time...lol


Deng and Kyrie are gone.

February 2, 2014  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Sounds like Bynum was also right. He got out at the right time...lolDeng and Kyrie are gone.

It must have seemed like a strange environment for Bynum after coming from the championship Lakers.

February 2, 2014  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

It must have seemed like a strange environment for Bynum after coming from the championship Lakers.

Probably the same environment. Just different place. Bynum thought he got away from Kobe and the Lakers but went to the same type of organization the last 3 years. Brown brought the same culture that he had w/ the Lakers to Leaveland.

February 2, 2014  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Probably the same environment. Just different place. Bynum thought he got away from Kobe and the Lakers but went to the same type of organization the last 3 years. Brown brought the same culture that he had w/ the Lakers to Leaveland.

LOL! Youre ruthless, bro. :-)

February 2, 2014  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It's tough on Deng to play with quitters and losers...

He should play for the Milwaukee Bucks and find out the true meaning of quitting.

February 2, 2014  12:32 PM ET

That's why it's called cLEAVELAND....

 
February 2, 2014  12:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

LOL! Youre ruthless, bro. :-)

But kinda true. Hard to believe but that's what's been happening w/ the Lakers. Cleveland could turn it around but management just sucks. They have draft picks and all the salary cap space in the world but find a way to eff it up. Lakers have been effing it up because they are not taking advantage of what's given to them.

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