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Luol Deng selected to first NBA All-Star team

Bulls forward Luol Deng goes up for shot against New Jersey's Shelden Williams Monday. |  Julio Cortez~AP

Bulls forward Luol Deng goes up for a shot against New Jersey's Shelden Williams on Monday. | Julio Cortez~AP

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Updated: March 11, 2012 8:53AM

Luol Deng will be accompanying Derrick Rose to the
All-Star Game in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 26.

The Bulls forward was named to his first All-Star Game along with Eastern Conference reserves Paul Pierce of the Celtics, Chris Bosh of the Heat, Roy Hibbert of the Pacers, Andre Iguodala of the 76ers, Joe Johnson of the Hawks and former ­lllini standout and current Nets point guard Deron Williams.

Deng, Hibbert and Iguodala will be playing in their first All-Star Game.

Rose has been named a starter at guard.

Coaches of the teams with the best record in each conference as of Feb. 15 will coach the All-Star squads.

At 22-6, the Bulls own the conference’s best record, so Tom Thibodeau could end up coaching Rose, Deng and the Eastern squad.

Neil Hayes

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