Happiness has eluded Luol Deng since being traded from the Chicago Bulls to Cleveland Cavaliers.
According to the New York Daily News' Mitch Lawrence, he's basically disgusted with how the Cavs go about their business:
As Deng recently told one close friend, “the stuff going on in practice would never be tolerated by the coaching staff or the front office back in Chicago. It’s a mess."
Deng was brought in to help clean it up when he arrived in a deal for Andrew Bynum on Jan. 7. But since then, he’s seen players get thrown out of practice, take off their uniform tops at halftime and threaten not to play, mouth off to Brown and generally act like spoiled brats. Entering Saturday’s game at Houston, the Cavs had lost seven of their last 11 games since the Deng trade.
"I’ve never been in a situation where I start talking and turn my back on what’s in front of me. It’s not me, it’s not who I am," Deng said. "I’m really upset that’s written about me and I just hope guys within the team understand that."
I'm not sure they will, Luol. The 16-31 Cavs don't understand much of anything right now. Like how to win basketball games, for instance.
The rest of us understand and sympathize with you. Being shipped from a never-say-die contingent like Tom Thibodeau's Chicago Bulls only to find yourself surrounded by losing and inbred chaos must be near-impossible to deal with. How could it not be?
Despite what you say, we all know you can do better. Much better. And we also know that when given the opportunity to flee Cleveland this summer as an unrestricted free agent, you should take it.
Run. Sprint. Get the hell out of dodge. Find a better situation and never look back.
*Salary information via ShamSports.