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Deng gives advice to rookie all-star Noah

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Luol Deng was asked what advice he would give teammate Joakim Noah, who is making his first All-Star appearance.

"It's not that serious," said Deng, who was named to the team for the second straight year. "Have fun. He's going to have fun. Everyone has fun on the bench. When the game starts you just have to relax and forget about it."

They say you can easily pick out the first-time NBA All-Stars because they try to hard.

Deng said it was the opposite for him last year when Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was coaching the Eastern Conference team. He said Thibodeau was upset with him because he didn't play hard enough.

"It gets more competitive than people think," Deng said. "At the start everybody is having fun and is happy to be there. Then, naturally, everyone wants to win and they start to mix it up."

Noah said isn't worried about fitting in on the floor.

"I'm just enjoying it," he said. "I'm pretty comfortable with who I am. I don't need to impress anybody. I'm just having a good time and taking it all in."

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