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Deng has lost 15 pounds in 9 days after spinal tap

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04:25 PM ET 05.09 | Luol Deng says his adverse reaction to a spinal tap caused him to lose 15 pounds, making it seem unlikely he'll be returning to action for the Chicago Bulls anytime soon.

Deng, given the tap as a test to see if he had meningitis - he didn't, it was just the flu - had to spend time in the hospital. He reports he still feels weak, receiving headaches, and that he wasn't able to shoot around, saying he "struggled." He says he still hasn't fully gotten his appetite back.

Deng is already a lanky player, listed at 6'9, 220 pounds. 6'9, 205 pounds is downright gaunt, and for any weight loss like that to happen in nine days is clearly unhealthy. However, Tom Thibodeau still considers the forward "day-to-day," and Deng says he'll try whatever it takes to play. Jimmy Butler should be ready to continue playing an enormous minutes load in their playoff series against the Heat.

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May 9, 2013  05:03 PM ET

I wish him speedy recovery and best of luck in their series against the team I dislike most. Hopefully Rose will get going as well...

May 9, 2013  06:39 PM ET
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I wish him speedy recovery and best of luck in their series against the team I dislike most. Hopefully Rose will get going as well...

I totally agree, lw.

May 9, 2013  06:39 PM ET

We'll need him in the finals. :)


If the Bulls survive this round I can see him return, he just needs to rest and eat well.

May 9, 2013  06:44 PM ET

15 lbs, Deng.

May 9, 2013  09:39 PM ET

He'll be back. Right now he's listening to Derrick Rose motivational talks to prepare himself mentally.

May 9, 2013  10:40 PM ET
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He'll be back. Right now he's listening to Derrick Rose motivational talks to prepare himself mentally.

HA!

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May 10, 2013  12:11 AM ET

Wow. That fat know nothing load Charles Barkley could benefit from a spinal tap once a week for about a year.

May 10, 2013  07:07 AM ET

I'm surprised a reputed Chicago based hospital can perform a spinal tap this untidily. I mean a leak after a spinal tap, Lebron must have paid off some doctors :-)

May 10, 2013  09:59 AM ET

Just Get Better, Bro.

 
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