Deng tweets about his illness

Deng tweets about his illness

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 14:25

Anyone who saw Luol Deng on Thursday at the United Center would confirm he was in no condition to play. He is not expected to travel with the team to Brooklyn today, but he may try to fly on his own tomorrow for Game 7 against the Nets.

Deng sent a series of messages via Twitter on Friday afternoon, explaining and updating his health status:

"It really upsets me that everyone thinks I would miss a game (because) of the flu. I've played a lot of games with the flu in my career.

"On Wed I was taken to the ER and my symptoms indicated I may have meningitis. In order to play on Thurs I was required to undergo a spinal tap.

"As a result of the spinal tap I suffered the worst headache I've ever experienced and been the weakest I've ever felt.

"Yesterday I was unable to walk or even get out of bed. I made it to the UC and was sent home. This morning my symptoms worsened.

"Now I'm back in the ER where I may have to spend the night... I want my teammates and Bulls fans to know I would NEVER miss a game (because) of flu.

"If I'm medically cleared I will fly to NY to be with my team and try to win game 7."

Deng has led the NBA in minutes per game for the past two seasons and he's still sensitive to the fans and maybe the team doubting his status when he had a stress fracture in his shin during the 2008-09 season. There's no reason for anyone to question his toughness.

In the meantime, a rumor spread via Twitter that Derrick Rose was seen dancing at a club Thursday, but until there's visual proof, that one deserves plenty of skepticism.

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