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Deng to open Brixton academy

NBA star Luol Deng is taking matters into his own hands following UK Sport's decision to end the funding of basketball.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star will open the Deng Academy in Brixton this summer and cited UK Sport's decision in his announcement.

"UK Sport deciding to cut British Basketball funding is hard to take, as I felt that we have all done so much to grow the sport and the national team. It's just something you have to fight through," said Deng, who last year wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron to protest funding cuts.

"Growing basketball in the UK has always been important to me and it's something I will continue to do through my foundation. The game has given me so much and I want it to benefit kids and give them the same opportunities that I had.

"This is why launching my first-ever academy in my hometown of Brixton is a huge deal for me. Despite the bad news of the funding cuts, we still have to remain positive and try to keep pushing the sport forward in the UK."