Deng appreciates 'respect' for his game

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Deng appreciates 'respect' for his game

After seven-plus seasons and 513 regular season games, Bulls small forward Luol Deng has finally arrived at a NBA All-Star game.

"This is as crazy as you can imagine," Deng said.

While Deng's teammate, point guard Derrick Rose, is not only the team MVP but also the league MVP, many believe Deng might be the player Chicago can least afford to lose. The 6-foot-9 small forward can play three positions while logging nearly 40 minutes per night.

His all-around game -- 15.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists per game -- and ability to play strong defense against the opposing team's best wing player has finally been noticed around the league.

"I'm very honored. It means a lot to me that I'm here and I'm selected," Deng said. "It just shows that people respect your game. But I told people before, if I wasn't here, I'd be okay."

See what else Deng had to say by watching the video below:

Watch: Former Bulls center Joakim Noah misses everything with this free-throw attempt

Watch: Former Bulls center Joakim Noah misses everything with this free-throw attempt

We all remember Joakim Noah's twisty-turny tornado shooting style from the free-throw line.

It was funny, and it worked better than you might expect, with Noah's unconventional shooting style from the charity stripe going through the net better than 73 percent of the time over a five-season span from 2009-10 to 2013-14.

But things haven't gone so well there for Noah in his first season with the New York Knicks. Entering Monday night's game, Noah was shooting just 42.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Well, things might've hit rock bottom Monday, with this nasty-looking free-throw try from Noah that missed everything.

Take a look:

Say it ain't so, Jo.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Excluding Jimmy Butler, who should Bulls trade?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Excluding Jimmy Butler, who should Bulls trade?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) and Phil Rogers (mlb.com) join Kap on the panel. Super Bowl LI is set. Can Bill Belichick slow down the Falcons historic offense? Will Tom Brady be able to pick apart Atlanta’s D?

Plus besides Jimmy Butler, who should the Bulls trade? And after winning in Columbus, is this the year Northwestern goes dancing?

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