''I'm playing,'' Deng told The Sun Times before Game 4 of the Bulls' first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers. ''I don't care what anybody thinks.''
Maybe this is the only downside to emphasizing character while building a roster. Deng gave his word and isn't backing out, even if it would be better for the Bulls if he reneged. Many of the same character traits that made him attractive to the Bulls have made him the face of his sport in the country where he was raised.
This is a big deal, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the Bulls are wise to support Deng's desire to do what he thinks is right.
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