After seven-plus seasons and 513 regular season games, Bulls small forward Luol Deng has finally arrived at a NBA All-Star game.
"This is as crazy as you can imagine," Deng said.
While Deng's teammate, point guard Derrick Rose, is not only the team MVP but also the league MVP, many believe Deng might be the player Chicago can least afford to lose. The 6-foot-9 small forward can play three positions while logging nearly 40 minutes per night.
His all-around game -- 15.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists per game -- and ability to play strong defense against the opposing team's best wing player has finally been noticed around the league.
"I'm very honored. It means a lot to me that I'm here and I'm selected," Deng said. "It just shows that people respect your game. But I told people before, if I wasn't here, I'd be okay."
See what else Deng had to say by watching the video below:
Chicago's chosen son may soon play with the enemy.
According to reports on Thursday, Derrick Rose is in talks to join LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal.
That is indeed hard to imagine, considering the former MVP has spent years battling James for supremacy in the Eastern Conference. But leaving the Windy City to join a rival team isn't a new concept.
In fact, a few Chicago superstar athletes have done it before:
-- Chris Chelios, Blackhawks to Red Wings
One of the best defenseman in hockey, Chelios was traded to the Detroit Red Wings after nine productive seasons in Chicago. He hoisted a Stanley Cup not long after and finished his 10-year Red Wings career with 152 points and a plus-158.
-- Julius Peppers, Bears to Packers
After becoming a cap casualty with the Bears, Peppers chose greener pastures in Wisconsin. The defensive end signed with the Green Bay Packers, where he's tallied 25 sacks in three seasons.
-- Dexter Fowler, Cubs to Cardinals
Well, at least he won a ring here. Fowler's surprise return to the North Side in 2016 helped boost the Cubs to their first World Series trophy in 108 years, but after winning, the center fielder rightly opted for the money. He signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal in St. Louis last offseason.
Watch the video above as Siera Santos and Kelly Crull relive the heartbreak.