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Midday Stampede: Luol Deng Explains His Olympic Decision

The Chicago Bulls forward says he felt obligated to give back to his adopted country

By Bryan Crawford
|  Monday, Jul 9, 2012  |  Updated 3:51 PM CDT
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Midday Stampede: Deng Explains Olympic Decision

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Luol Deng's obligation to Great Britain was strong enough to make him want to compete for them in the Olympics despite the Bulls objections

Luol Deng has long been adamant in his intention to compete in the Olympics for Great Britain, the country that hosted he and his family when they fled from warring Sudan in 1995.

As a result, Deng has felt a strong obligation to play for the country that took him and his family in.

Deng spoke extensively about his decision to play in the Olympics and electing against surgery on his injured left wrist with ESPN Chicago, saying in part, "Much as I wanted to please Chicago and Chicago Bulls fans, I just hope they understand if I don't play in these Olympics, it will haunt me for the rest of my life. Giving something back is something that comes from my family."

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