Luol Deng takes to Twitter to shut the haters up following Spinal Tap

Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (9) drives around Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace (45) during the first quarter in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (9) drives around Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace (45) during the first quarter in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

The Chicago Bulls’ bench might as well be a triage these days. With Nate Robinson throwing up, Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich both in street clothes and Joakim Noah nursing major foot injuries, the Bulls were literally on their last legs during a Game 6 loss at home to Brooklyn.

All the while, two-time All-Star and minutes played leader Luol Deng was no where to be found.

The press had reported that Deng sat out the game with the flu, to which fans obviously threw a fit. Frustrated with Rose’s season-long no-show, Chicago fans are giving their players a pretty short leash these days.

Following the criticism, Deng took to Twitter to clarify exactly what was going on and exactly how serious his medical condition really is at the moment.

Spinal tap, anyone?

To recap: Deng was not suffering from a simple case of the flu. An emergency room visit resulted in a diagnosis of meningitis (very serious, according to WebMD: Meningitis is a term used to describe an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain or the spinal cord. Bacterial meningitis is a potentially life-threatening condition that can rapidly progress to permanent brain damage, hearing loss, and neurologic problems). A spinal tap left him completely debilitated, to the point where the team would not even allow him on the sideline for the Thursday night loss.

It’s pretty simple: If Deng can play, he’ll play. And he wants to make sure all of the haters out there know that.

h/t: SB Nation

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