Cleveland Cavaliers play Chicago Bulls, Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng says facing former team not an issue

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Jan 14, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng (9) talks with an official in the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Cleveland Cavaliers won 120-118. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsAs the Cleveland Cavaliers play the Chicago Bulls tonight, old memories for Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng come back as he used to be a Bulls player before coming to Cleveland. But he assured that it would not be a factor worth bothering over. Nevertheless it would seem that it will at least play a little role in how the match turns out or at least will have everyone talking about it.
 
It has been a very short time since he was traded off by the Bulls to the Cleveland Browns. On January 7 the news was confirmed that the Bulls had traded Deng for center Andrew Bynum along with many other compromises on Draft picks of 2015 and 2016. Just two weeks ago he was a Bulls and now is a Cavalier and they are already facing off. It will be interesting to see how the match turns out.
 
The game, scheduled at Quicken Loans Arena is the second home game the Cavaliers have. This will be the last time they play each other in this season and this is good news for Deng who will not have to play in front of Chicago fans this season. Still, the fact of playing his former team so soon is an interesting thing to look and he said he will still give the best performance he can.
 
Deng said playing against the team he used to practice with just two weeks ago was going to be weird but he will not take it easy on them just for that. He assured he would be just as competitive as he used to play against other teams. 
 
"When I go out there it will be weird, because it's guys I practiced with and I was just with them not too long ago. That aspect will be weird," Deng said. "When the ball goes up, I'm not going to start crying and start hugging the guys."
 
He was much liked when he was with the Bulls and teammates were close to him. Bulls center Joakim Noah said that he was close as a brother to Deng but he would not take it easy on him either just because they used to play together.
 
"I love Luol," Noah said on Tuesday. "He's my brother. But when that ball goes up, he's not going to be my brother."
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