Deng had some really great quotes in the latest K.C. Johnson piece:
"I waited awhile for this, man," Deng said. "I can't tell you how confident and excited I am for the season to start."
"I just have to get my rhythm and my jumping down so I can finish at
the rim," Deng said. "I wasn't able to jump until just before training
camp. The cuts are there. I have to cut more. As we get into the rhythm
of the season, I know there will be plays where I know I will cut and
get the ball."
Deng goes on to discuss how he needs to use his versatility to help the team, and how he needs to be there every game and every practice, but it's a nice piece, so go click the link and read the whole thing.
What I find most interesting is the second quote I had up there where Deng discusses finding his cuts in the offense, but not having his timing down for leaping and finishing well. I agree entirely with Deng's self-evaluation there as I pointed out in my season preview. I'm also glad to hear that he's confident about getting all of that back.
I'm not sure how confident I am in him regaining his explosion, nor do I know how long such a process would take. However, it does lift my spirits somewhat to hear that Deng has a very realistic evaluation of where he is right now and still feels good about his prospects going forward.