Los Angeles Lakers' Luol Deng (9) and Sacramento Kings' Rudy Gay scramble for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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Whether fleeing civil war in Sudan with his family or moving to the United States on a scholarship as a 14-year-old, Luol Deng is no stranger to new beginnings.Deng joined the Lakers on a four-year $72 million deal in July, lured by the possibility of working with new coach Luke Walton at the start of a long-term project to revive the iconic franchise.If Deng's past is anything to go by, the Lakers have made a shrewd investment. Time and again, Deng has faced down all challenges successfully.Deng arrived as a wide-eyed 14-year-old, alone and homesick, but determined not to waste the opportunity of a lifetime.Twice named to the NBA All-Star team in 2012 and 2013, Deng has yet to land an NBA Finals ring, with the closest he has come being a defeat in the Eastern Conference finals with Chicago in 2011 .Deng is wise enough to avoid setting concrete season targets for an inexperienced team still in transition.
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