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A happier, healthier Deng

Trip to his native Sudan and new coach have given Bull new outlook on game, critics

Updated: October 31, 2010, 12:22 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

A year ago, it would have been met with a bristle. This time it was with a smile.

Then again, a year ago the observation would not have been made.

"You seem like you're in great spirits," I said to Luol Deng earlier this week.

"Why does everyone say that?" he said with a laugh.

But he understood.

"I want to be positive," Deng said. "No matter what, I want to stay positive the whole year."

Seldom has that been easy for a player who went the ...

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