June 11th, 2014 by John Kim
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.