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07:25 AM ET 02.03 | Moving from Chicago to Cleveland isn't all that far to travel, but it's made for a culture shock for Luol Deng 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 3, 2014  07:45 AM ET

Don't worry. In a few months you can leave Cleveland and never look back.

February 3, 2014  07:57 AM ET

It's just a temporary stop broham, go get yourself a good deal this off-season somewhere else.

February 3, 2014  08:43 AM ET

2 1/2 more months of hell. You're complaining now but I hope when they dangle that big contract in front of your face than you better turn it down in a hurry.

February 3, 2014  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

2 1/2 more months of hell. You're complaining now but I hope when they dangle that big contract in front of your face than you better turn it down in a hurry.

I don't think he'll bite, he'll get more than one offer.

February 3, 2014  08:58 AM ET

Mike Brown is in way over his head if he is letting Kyrie, Waiters and whoever else drive the bus. Cleveland is worse off than I orignally thought but it sounds like the players don't respect the coach.

February 3, 2014  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I don't think he'll bite, he'll get more than one offer.

I think he will get good offers from good teams. He is a perfect fit for many teams especially for the Mavs.

February 3, 2014  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think he will get good offers from good teams. He is a perfect fit for many teams especially for the Mavs.

Yep I think Mav's are probably on the top of his list if he wants to get paid and be in playoffs. I think realistically probably ATL and Mav's will offer him something on that level

February 3, 2014  09:13 AM ET

Deng will possibly be the best free agent available this summer so I won't be surprised if he gets much more than the Chicago offer. It will also depend on his preferences also. Does he want just a big payday or does he want o be on a winning team.

February 3, 2014  09:14 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

February 3, 2014  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Deng will possibly be the best free agent available this summer so I won't be surprised if he gets much more than the Chicago offer. It will also depend on his preferences also. Does he want just a big payday or does he want o be on a winning team.

From this article it sounds like a winning team is important.

February 3, 2014  09:27 AM ET

Cleveland has good players but it seems there's no leadership or accountability in the organization at all... they make Knicks look good.

February 3, 2014  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

From this article it sounds like a winning team is important.

Huh. So playing on a dysfunctional perpetual loser is not important. Who would have thought?

February 3, 2014  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Cleveland has good players but it seems there's no leadership or accountability in the organization at all... they make Knicks look good.

And there can hardly be a more trenchant criticism.

February 3, 2014  09:32 AM ET

Deng won't resign in Cleveland, not because of location, but clearly because of the complete and total lack of organizational stability. All of that starts at the top, with the owner.

Good luck to you Cavs fans, but their dysfunction is more based on the culture.....or lack thereof.

February 3, 2014  09:34 AM ET

I thought he was happy with the trade.

February 3, 2014  09:35 AM ET

As Russ pointed out last night, most of these stories are made up. They are just fabrications to get the advertisements on the web.

February 3, 2014  09:40 AM ET

And that pretty much says it all... Let's see, Indians pitchers and catchers report to camp on February 11...

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February 3, 2014  09:52 AM ET
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Lmao..You tell yourself whatever you have to in order to make yourself feel better.There is not explaining away what plagues this Train Wreck of a franchise.Way to much smoke to not be any fire.

Yeah it shows, I mean you can't be that mediocre all the time and it not be anybody's fault. They don't have any vision or leadership, and until they get at least one of those elements, they will continue to strike out.

 
February 3, 2014  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

As Russ pointed out last night, most of these stories are made up. They are just fabrications to get the advertisements on the web.

C'mon LT. You're a smart cookie. You can see that there is something wrong.

Gilbert has recreated the same failed atmosphere as he had during the LBJ days by bringing back Mike Woodson. Time for a discipline type coach to come in and kick some of these young kids in the butt.

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