Michael Jordan’s “flu game” may be a distorted truth


The “food poisoning game” doesn’t have the same ringtone, does it?

But longtime coach Tim Grover said Michael Jordan’s epic performance in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals should have been known instead of the “flu game.”

A Jordanian in the weather, fighting what was then described as “flu-like symptoms,” scored 38 points, added seven rebounds, five assists, and made the winning shot in a spectacular 90-88 victory that resulted in the Bulls a 3-2 lead over Jazz.

He figured to be an important part of the finale of “The Last Dance” on Sunday night on ESPN, although Grover thinks Jordan didn’t have the flu, he told the Barstool Sports “Pardon My Take” podcast. .

“One hundred percent was food poisoning, 100 percent,” said Grover. “But obviously, it just seems better to be the” flu game “than the” food poisoning game. “”

Michael Jordan (l) and Scottie Pippen
Michael Jordan (l) and Scottie PippenAP

We learned where the Bulls live in Salt Lake City and five delivery men came with pizza. A hungry Jordanian ate a few slices before going to bed. According to Grover, no one else has touched the food.

“Then, around 3 am, I get a call in my room that just says, ‘Hey, man, come to MJ’s room’ and he’s literally curled up in a fetal position, ‘said Grover. “I don’t know of any flu that can hit you so quickly, but I know how fast food poisoning can hit you.” “

That wouldn’t stop Jordan from playing 44 minutes, delivering throughout the courageous performance. The enduring image of that night is Scottie Pippen, who basically brings a weak Jordan back to the bench in the final seconds. Most thought it was the flu that had undermined him. But apparently this was not the case.

“This is my story, this is what I watched,” said Grover. “I was in the room when all of this was happening, so if someone looked better than me, I would like to see who that person was because they were definitely not there. “


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