Bulls news: Denzel Valentine on injury: 'When I come back, it's going to be a brand new ankle'
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Denzel Valentine on injury: ‘When I come back, it’s going to be a brand new ankle’

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Chicago Bulls small forward Denzel Valentine is set to undergo a season-ending surgery on his injured ankle. Despite the setback, Valentine remains optimistic as he tells the media that it’s going to be a brand new ankle when he comes back on the court.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune tweeted out Valentine’s comment on his ankle surgery.

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg also put in his thoughts on Valentine’s unfortunate injury.

Valentine is coming off a season that saw him improve on his all-around numbers. During the 2017-18 season, the Michigan State standout posted averages of 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists while shooting an excellent 39% clip from beyond the arc.

With a healthy Zach LaVine this season, it would have been interesting to see how deadly a LaVine-Valentine duo would be on offense. But the 25-year old Bulls talent also covers a lot of ground on defense as well. Teammate Justin Holiday chimes in on how Valentine’s all-around game is important to the team.

Via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times:

“Denzel getting hurt was actually very big to us, as well,’’ teammate Justin Holiday said over the weekend. “That’s tough for us because of what he brought off the bench for us. And even when he started, what he brings to the game — him being able to score, him understanding the game defensively, his mind. All that stuff mattered for us. So definitely not having him is hurting us.’’

If not for his injury, Valentine would certainly be a big boost for the struggling Bulls, who are currently sitting on a 4-13 record.