Deng Repaying His Debt to Great Britain?
If they were, they would have seen a magnificent basketball performance from a man who tried to carry his country and yet could only take it so far. They would have seen a player broken who is angering his NBA team and risking next season to play with players he grew up playing with around London.
For him that means more. What price can you put on that?
“Yeah, he gives everything he has for this team,” said Great Britain assistant coach Nick Nurse. “He’s a tremendous leader. He’s been A-plus every day.”
The sad part is how much that seemed lost on a crowd that seemed more interested in the halftime dancing show and the announcer who moved around the arena imploring everyone to do the wave and shout: “This is Britain.”
For several minutes before the game the public-address announcer explained the rules of basketball, detailing the point values of 2- and 3-point shots, as well as describing fouls and free throws. His words seemed lost on the throng.
What he should have said was this:
Watch Luol Deng, he’s breaking himself to pieces for you.