Michael Jordan’s “flu game” in the 1997 NBA Finals will go down in history as one of the gutsiest performances in the history of any sport. Legend has it that he either caught a virus, or got food poisoning from a pizza ordered the night before (or something more nefarious), and when the Bulls trainer found him in his hotel room, sweating and in the fetal position, it was declared that Jordan was out for game 5.
But with the series tied at 2-2, Jordan knew the game couldn’t be missed. Nearly keeling over and unable to stand under his own strength at times, Michael Jordan’s 38 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 1 block against all odds led the Bulls to victory. Michael Jordan was a hero. He defeated the Jazz and his own stomach.
But JB Smoove doesn’t see it that way. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star has a number of theories on just what the hell happened on that fateful evening, and it was mostly Jordan’s fault.
It could’ve been a virus leaping onto the tongue of MJ. Smoove also suggests that the pizza could’ve been the “grassy knoll” of the night.
Or maybe it was the shoes?
OR MAYBE IT REALLY WAS THE FLU???