Great Britain star Luol Deng fears he may have meningitis
Last Updated: 04/05/13 8:40am
Luol Deng: Fears he may have meningitis
Great Britain star Luol Deng has been hospitalised in the United States and has tweeted to say he may have meningitis after missing Game 6 of the Chicago Bulls' NBA playoff series with the Brooklyn Nets.
Deng missed Thursday night's 95-92 loss to Brooklyn as a flu virus struck the Bulls camp, but Deng last night tweeted that his symptoms may be more serious, insisting flu alone would not be enough to stop him playing.
"It really upsets me that everyone thinks I would miss a game bc of the flu. I've played a lot of games w the flu in my career," Deng tweeted.
"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 bc of flu.
"If I'm medically cleared I will fly to NY to be with my team and try to win game 7"
The Bulls' defeat on Thursday levelled their series with Brooklyn at 3-3, with the deciding game to be played tonight. Guard Nate Robinson and forward Taj Gibson also missed Thursday's game suffering from flu symptoms, while guard Kirk Hinrich sat out with a calf problem.
Deng, who led Great Britain at last year's Olympics, has already indicated he plans to sit out this summer's EuroBasket in September to rest after the NBA season.