Luol Deng did not win the title he wished at the beginning of the season when he was still a player of the Bulls – a ring NBA-. But, the British winger of Sudanese origin, who will not compete for play-offs, will neither have bad memory of his passage within Cleveland Cavaliers. For his implication in the community, Deng received last Tuesday J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. This prize – of the name of the second commisioner of NBA history – is awarded every year to a player or a coach of the league for his investment – humanitarian – with the community.
“This trophy represents what I am and where I come from”, explained in a communiqué the native of Wau, refugee in his childhood in Egypt “It is of what I am proud the most: having done the most possible on and out the pitch, having helped my community and others’ life.” And the winger of the Cavs who succeeded to Kenneth Faried continued: “I wish I could wake up tomorrow and nobody needs a help. But we know all that it is not going to happen. I am just happy to be in the position I am, capable of doing what I do.” He is the third player of Cleveland after Austin Carr in 1980 and Eric Snow in 2005 to be honored.
Very active in social actions through his foundation “Luol Deng Fondation” and EnoughProject.org, Luol Deng puts a lot into basketball development in Great Britain and in Africa also with the building of of basketball court equipped with modern wardrobe.
Source: Africa Top Sports
Original text by: Roger ADZAFO