Deng's new starting-lineup introduction a point of pride


Deng's new starting-lineup introduction a point of pride

DEERFIELD, ILL.Starting this season, for the first time in his nine-year NBA career, All-Star Luol Deng is no longer being introduced as from Duke University when the Bulls starting lineup is announced.
Theres a good reason for that.
I love Duke, its nothing against Duke. Me and Coach K are friends, everything is fine, he explained after the teams practice Monday afternoon at the Berto Center. I just felt like I didnt get a chance to do it last year, but after we got our independence, being from South Sudan, I wanted people to recognize South Sudan.
A lot of times, we still say South Sudan and people think its Sudan, but its our own nation now, so we found a way of recognition, the All-Star continued. Whoevers sitting in the crowd or watching at home on TV, they can go and Google it. But South Sudans its own nation, so Im proud of that.
When Derrick Rose returns to the Bulls lineup, the familiar, From Chicago preceding his name will surely warm the hearts of fans throughout the city.
But when Deng is introduced, it inspires an entire nation.

Bastian Schweinsteiger happy with Manchester United's Europa League win

Bastian Schweinsteiger happy with Manchester United's Europa League win

Bastian Schweinsteiger's time with Manchester United wound down with him being essentially frozen out of the team for an extended period, but he was still happy to see his former teammates win a European trophy on Wednesday.

Man U beat Ajax 2-0 to win the Europa League final in Stockholm. The win sealed a berth in next year's Champions League for the Red Devils.

Despite the way Schweinsteiger's tenure in England ended, the German midfielder has still said positive things about the club since leaving for the Chicago Fire in March. He tweeted out a good luck message to the team ahead of the final.

Paul Pogba scored in the first half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the second half to seal United's win and the trophy to end a season that included a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

Schweinsteiger didn't play in any Premier League matches this season, but his last appearance for the Manchester club was as a subtitute in the Europa League round of 32 at French club Saint-Etienne.

Training with the Fire on Wednesday kept him from watching the whole final, but he said he did watch what he could.

“I’m happy for United," Schweinsteiger said after the Fire's 2-1 win against Dallas. "I’m happy for them. They are a good team and I’m happy they can play in Champions League next year.”

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