Former Chicago Bulls great Luol Deng was as solid and dependable as they came. In his ten seasons with the Bulls, he appeared in a total of 637 games with the team, playing nearly 36 minutes per game. He also appeared in his 48 games in the NBA playoffs, averaging 40 minutes in each game.
However, in the 2013 NBA playoffs, Duke’s product missed the Bulls’ last seven games. It started with a headache and suddenly became severe. Deng was suspected of having viral meningitis and underwent a spinal tap to confirm the diagnosis. Unfortunately, Deng was misdiagnosed and never had viral meningitis.
Poor handling of medical situations
Most of all, Den was disappointed he wasn’t there to help his team battle for the most important part of the season. , was sent to a hospital where he underwent a spinal tap to check for illness.
“I think I could have handled the situation better. Obviously there are some things I can’t deal with. Getting sick or being taken to the ER or going to the hospital is really unmanageable. Tap it and it’s all there.” I was wrong.” Deng said. “My body didn’t respond well to a spinal tap. I had serious side effects that not only prevented me from playing basketball, but my life was in danger.”
The procedure caused spinal fluid to leak out of my body, and over the next few days, I lost 15 pounds in total, resulting in rapid weight loss. He was a player with guts and tried to prepare to play in the second round against eventual NBA champions Miami his Heat, but his body wouldn’t allow it.
With the Bulls losing five games to Miami, Den’s absence was felt in a big way. He was a reliable contributor in attack and defense, which left gaps on both ends of his court.
Despite his unfortunate circumstances, he remained positive and eventually recovered.
“It’s something no one wants to go through, but I think basketball came second when I went through it, especially because of what I went through with my health. My family was very worried. I never want to experience that again.” Deng added.