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Standing firm

After two seasons of injury troubles, Bulls forward Luol Deng is ready

Originally Published: September 25, 2009
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

The basketball court was only one source of Luol Deng's angst. In the ever-important court of public opinion, Deng is lucky he wasn't sentenced to hang.

As a professional athlete, the Chicago Bulls forward had it all going against him. First, he turned down a contract with the kind of numbers that make most normal people choke on their cornflakes ($57.5 million, five years). Then, he signed an even bigger deal ($71 million, six years), but not before his play dipped (strain of negotiations). ...

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