The 2012 London Olympics kicked off this weekend and several area athletes are competing and trying to bring home the gold. One of those athletes is Chicago Bulls star, Luol Deng. Here's a quick recap about his participation and other stories in case you missed any of them:
- Luol Deng dropped 26 points for Great Britain in their opening of pool play on Sunday in the London Olympics. Despite his strong performance, his British squad was pummeled by Russia, 95-75.
- Basketball is still a relatively new phenomenon in England and as such, many of the British spectators still don't quite understand the game nor do they have any inkling on why competing for their national team was so important for Luol.
- If there's one player on the Chicago Bulls roster that knows a thing or two about controversy it's Joakim Noah. So it's no surprise that he came to the defense of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane who was recently involved in a bit of controversy of his own.
- With a rebuilt roster and their biggest star out, no one expects the Bulls to be much of a factor during the upcoming season. But one local writer who covers the Bulls thinks Tom Thibodeau can lead the squad to 50 wins this season, and NBA television analyst, Jeff Van Gundy, thinks he may have "fallen on his head."
- Fans -- and a few local writers -- may be upset at the direction the Chicago Bulls took with regard to their roster this summer, but one such writer seems to have reversed course and is fine with the roster the team has put together.