British basketball star Deng today said the gentrification of his former home Brixton is a positive step as he told of his love for the area.
The Chicago Bulls star, who was born in South Sudan but grew up in Brixton after his family won asylum in the UK, said he would “love” to move back. Deng, 28, who is in the UK running Deng Camp, a basketball training group for aspiring young players, at Crystal Palace, said: “I think (gentrification of Brixton) is a good thing, it’s improving in the right way.
“I like to spend time with my friends when I come home because I know I’m not going to see them for a while. Brixton is probably the one place I get recognised the most, more than anywhere.”
He said the appetite for basketball is improving in the UK, with greater awareness among young people. But he said to tackle London’s child obesity crisis that there needs to be more focus on different sports other than football, cricket and rugby.
Deng Camp has partnered with Join In as one of more than 10,000 events across the UK aiming to capture the spirit of the Olympic Games — attracting half a million people and recruiting 100,000 new volunteers.
[Article courtesy of Miranda Bryant on 23rd August from the London Standard]