Luol Deng may not have an NBA championship ring or an MVP award – but he does have his face printed on actual currency.
The Chicago Bulls forward joins three others – activist Lenford Kwesi Garrison, WWII secret agent Violette Szabo, and David Bowie – as the new faces of the Brixton Pound, a complementary currency to the pound sterling.
Born in Sudan, Deng and his family were granted political asylum and emigrated to Brixton, South London. It was in Brixton that Manute Bol taught Deng the game of basketball.
“I am honored to be featured on the new Brixton Pound notes,” said Deng on his foundation’s website. “I grew up as a young teenager player basketball for the Brixton Topcats which marked the beginning of my career. So it is with great pleasure that I am helping to support the local community that played a vital part in getting where I am today.”
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