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Flu Game Sniffles: Remembering Michael Jordan’s Legendary Performance

June 11th, 2014 by / 15

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How many instances, during the vast history of professional sports and pivotal playoff contests, have star players been hit with unexpected ailments on the day of a big game? Even just a few days ago, LeBron James was hit with paralyzing leg cramps – a pain so immense that the Miami Heat star was forced to sit on the bench during crunch time. But the list of handicapped star athletes really goes on and on, and while Jordan wasn’t the only one to climb triumphantly over an injury, he did it in such style that it transcends epic playoff game performances.

Images of MJ slumped over on the bench and appearing as sickly as we’ve ever seen the man are permanently imprinted in the history books of sports. Birthed from that memorable performance from seventeen years ago is one of the most familiar nicknames in Air Jordan history – the “Flu Game” aptly named by that classic 38-point performance. Let’s take a look back at what many call the best NBA Finals performance in history, and let us know what your personal memories are from that Bulls vs. Jazz showdown.

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15 comments
James M. Rice
James M. Rice

It was food poisoning ... A pizzeria in Park City hit him off with a tainted pie. His trainer and close friend was just talking about it on ESPN Radio a week or two ago.

Cory Booker
Cory Booker

It wasn't even the flu... I heard it was food poison

Christopher DeCarlo
Christopher DeCarlo

Never forget the Utah ball boy who fetched the apple sauce and got those shoes

Elijah Thomas
Elijah Thomas

He wore them during the flu game that's where they got the name from how could they not be flu game 12. I guess the space jam 11s have nothing to do with the movie space jam moron

Can Browny
Can Browny

Yasin Akbay die 12er einfach zu krass

Ric Ray
Ric Ray

I just can't get into the 12's.....

Da_Real_Big_Infinite
Da_Real_Big_Infinite

Top 10 best J ever made... My brother was at dat game too. I was at game 6 to get his 5th ring

kcookrocks
kcookrocks

He was recovering from a hangover.

Cpack
Cpack

I remember that game and that fucker didn't have the flu he had a man cold lol

DRIBBLEZ
DRIBBLEZ

YALL WANA SEE THE OGS LIKE MJ WORE IN 1997, CHECK MY SNEAKER CHANNEL youtube.com/dribblezthagod     INSTAGRAM @kingdribblez

EvilRamen
EvilRamen

 MJ was poisoned that game.

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