How long the Bulls’ All-Star forward will remain on the bench, however, is not surprisingly going to be a game-to-game decision as Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau dodged anything resembling a specific question about Deng’s status.
“Guys have done it before, it’s part of the NBA,” Thibodeau said of Deng playing with an injury that requires surgery. “He’s doing fine. Nothing is happening that wasn’t expected. If he can go, he’ll go. If he can’t, he won’t.”