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Bulls forward Luol Deng has been taking some flak from Chicagoans after he missed Game 6 of the team’s first-round series against Brooklyn with an illness.
It was originally reported that Deng sat out because he was battling the flu, while fellow Bulls Nate Robinson and Taj Gibson, who were also dealing with flu-like symptoms, suited up and played in the team’s 95-92 loss.
A city that has already been dealing with Derrick Rose‘s controversial decision not to play (torn ACL) despite being medically cleared to do so began questioning Deng’s toughness and commitment to the team.
Hearing this criticism angered Deng, and the big man took to Twitter to explain that it was not the flu that kept him out, but rather the aftereffects of a spinal tap. Deng underwent the extremely painful procedure after showing symptoms of viral meningitis.
See Deng’s explanation — and reaction to his critics — in the tweets below.
It really upsets me that everyone thinks I would miss a game bc of the flu. I...
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Complications from a Spinal Tap never sounds good. Luol Deng is a tough basketball player, it would take a lot for him to miss games in the playoffs, but this sounds very serious.
Deng tweeted on Thursday that he was taken to the emergency room on Wednesday and his symptoms indicated he might have meningitis, requiring him to undergo a spinal tap.
“As a result of the spinal tap...
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng missed Game 6 due to the viral flu, and his case had worsened as of yesterday afternoon. This has Deng doubtful to appear in today’s Game 7 matchup against the Brooklyn Nets, according to ESPN Chicago.Deng’s condition got so bad yesterday that he was taken to the emergency room."It really upsets me that everyone thinks I would miss a game...
The Chicago Bulls were without two starters for yesterday’s deciding Game 7, but they received an awesome performance from another ailing star to defeat the Brooklyn Nets and advance to the second round of the NBA Playoffs.Prior to Game 7, Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich were ruled out for the contest. Deng is recovering from a spinal tap and a severe case of viral flu, while Hinrich...
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng made it clear Friday on Twitter that the illness that kept him out of a playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets was far more serious than the flu.
He missed the Bulls' loss in Game 6 on Thursday with what coach Tom Thibodeau said were flu-like symptoms.
In one of a series of tweets from the hospital, Deng wrote: ''It really upsets me that...
Luol Deng underwent a spinal tap to test for viral meningitis, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
The tests came back negative, and Deng hoped to play in Game 6 against the Brooklyn Nets.
Deng was sent home about 90 minutes before tip-off, Tom Thibodeau said.
"He was in the facility in the morning and got treatment," Thibodeau said. "Came in this evening...
Chicago Bulls star forward Luol Deng wants you to know exactly how serious the illness was that kept him out of Game 6 against Brooklyn.
Luol Deng will miss Game 7 of Chicago's series against the
Brooklyn Nets, but the Bulls still hope Kirk Hinrich can play.
NEW YORK (AP) — Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich will miss Game 7 of Chicago's series against the Brooklyn Nets., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/deng-hinrich-out-for-game-7-of-bullsnets-series-yahoo-sports
Hinrich missed Game 5, a Nets win, with the same calf injury that is causing him to miss Game 6. Luol Deng, with some sort of viral infection, is out too
When: 8:00 PM; Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Where: United Center; Chicago, IL
Kirk Hinrich is out with a calf injury and Luol Deng has a viral infection. On the other hand, the Nets are completely...
Hey Nets, way to go! You guys managed to barely force a game 7 against one of the most depleted teams in NBA history. No Derrick Rose, no Luol Deng, no Kirk Hinrich…Taj Gibson has the flu, Nate Robinson has the flu, and Joakim Noah has severe plantar fasciitis. You guys must be really happy [...]
Brooklyn Nets/Chicago Bulls: Game 6
- I am picking both road teams tonight. I would have picked the Nets even before I learned Luol Deng was not playing. Last night I recorded a podcast where I compared these Nets to the 2006 Phoenix Suns who came back from 3-1 down against the L.A. Lakers. I just think the Nets are the better team and that they will win the series...