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Luol Deng says it wasn’t flu, rather spinal tap kept him out of Game 6

May 3, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

Luol Deng, Joakim Noah AP

If Gregg Popovich were Luol Deng’s coach, he may have written on Thursday night’s lineup card “DNP — Spinal Tap.” And we all would have turned the jokes up to 11.

But Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls play things closer to the vest, so the official word as to why Deng was sent home before Game 6 Thursday was he had flu like symptoms. Nate Robinson played through the flu Thursday — he was throwing up during timeouts. With half the Bulls team playing through injuries Deng didn’t come off well in the exchange.

Deng took to twitter to clear the air Friday — he was not sent home by the team because of a mere flu, it was far more serious (the first tweet used twitter extension service TMI):

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

Deng says he was back in the ER on Friday, which obviously will make him questionable for Game 7 Saturday, although he wants to play.

Deng has been through this before — he had a fracture in his leg and the team played coy, so fans were all over him for not playing through pain. Deng’s savvy enough to go over the team’s head and directly to the fans with this stuff now.

  1. misterdreamer119 - May 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Dang! Dont question Deng! Hes a tough guy.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 3, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    This can’t be true. You’re telling me David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel, Derek Smalls, Mick Shrimpton, and Ian Faith kept Luol Deng from suing this game? Did Bobbi Fleckman, the ” Hostess with the Mostest” help also?

    Or was he listening to Shark Sandwich before the game and that caused him to be unable to play?

    • rjlink1 - May 3, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      These go to eleven.

  3. sportsnut101 - May 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Deng is a baller Rest up n try to make game 7 bulls need u

    Now for Derek rose ur team is injured. Noah barely can run. Nate throwing up. Taj has flu

    N u can’t give ur team 5 min No1 is expecting u to start or go 40 min

    Even dAvid lee of warriors gave a min in half to his team. N he was ruled out for playoffs

    Like drose u from Chicago. One of the toughest areas around. Man up help ur team out

    If ur knee hurts then of course don’t play but if u killing it in practice like they say. U can give team a few min

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - May 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Nets will do anything to win. Poisoning guys and what not.

  5. Asumiendo - May 3, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Reblogueó esto en Asumiendo.

  6. zacksdad - May 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Man, these Bulls make any excuse not to play. Rose has not played for months even though he is medically cleared to do so.

    jk, I like the Bulls, just not sure about Rose anymore. Maybe Bynum and Rose can start their own team.

  7. 91devinhester23 - May 3, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    between this taj and nate having the flu and everything else this year… wow

  8. saint1997 - May 3, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Could the Brooklyn uniform be any blacker? The answer is none, none more black

  9. lew24 - May 3, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Medically cleared means nothing!


    Derrick Rose

  10. badintent - May 3, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Should have had a vacine for Meng A, C and D. If he got Meng B , he’s hooped.

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