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Mother’s confusion toughest part of trade for Cavs’ Luol Deng

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Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Apparently Martha Deng couldn’t comprehend the Bulls’ disloyalty towards her son, a two-time All-Star who appeared in 637 games after being drafted in the first round in 2004. That was the toughest part for Luol Deng, but it gave him something to focus on besides his own surprise and disappointment. He has always worn No. 9 as a tribute to her for the nine children she bore. “My mom doesn’t really understand being traded,” Deng said Wednesday after his first Cavs practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “To me that was one of the hardest things I had to do, explain to her the organization I’ve been with for nine years no longer wanted me there. She couldn’t understand why. She feels like I’m a nice guy, I get along with everybody … She was asking me, ‘Are you not playing well? What’s going on?’ “Packing and leaving her at the house, the timing was just bad. If she was back in London, I think it would have been really easy for me to get on the phone and tell her I’m moving to Cleveland.” Deng filled five suitcases and left the rest behind to bring later. He sounded as if Martha Deng stood beside him as he folded every shirt. “She still doesn’t understand,” Deng said. “I think at some point I’ll bring her out to see everything. It will change her mindset a little bit. It’s been nine years. I’m the only kid in the NBA, so she doesn’t know how it works. She’ll be OK with it.” Akron Beacon Journal

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