Don't know if any of you lot popped along to the o2 tonight for a change of ball game but it hosted a pre-season exhibition NBA match between da Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz. My old mate Luol Deng was making his comeback from a long-term stress fracture injury and almost 19,000 people watched him help the Bulls to an exciting 102-101 win
Few sportsmen impress me with their intelligence and compassion but in the couple of times I have met the 6ft 9 inch softly spoken south-Londoner I have walked away noting his sincerity and warmth. Deng leads the GB Olympic challenge for 2012 and despite his hefty salary and growing fame he has put so much into the growth of the game in the UK. His return from injury will also hopefully propel the Bulls
to a great NBA season, which begins in about a month.