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The Flu Game may have been a Poison Game

The Flu Game during the 1997 NBA Finals series against the Utah Jazz was one of the most famous things Jordan has ever done and ,according to Michael himself, the most difficult. Tim Grover, his trainer at the time, is positive it was a case of food poisoning that came from the pizza that only Jordan ate. In an interview, Grover described how the team was in Park City, Utah, and it was too late to order room service. They called a pizza place to deliver to the team hotel, which Grover says was well known by locals.

“Five guys came to deliver this pizza.”

“I take the pizza and I tell them: “I’ve got a bad feeling about this. … I’ve just got a bad feeling about this.”

“Out of everybody in the room, [MJ] was the only one who ate. Nobody else had it.”

“And then 2 o’clock in the morning I get a call to my room. Come to the room. He’s curled up in the fetal position. We’re looking at him, finding the team physician at that time.”

“Immediately I told him it’s food poisoning. Not the flu.”

Jordan spent the next day in bed and showed up to Game 5 3 hours before tip-off. This was a surprise to his teammates, who thought he’d miss the game. Despite all of that, Jordan still managed to score 37 points in 44 minutes for the crucial win.