Should "The Flu Game" now be known as "The Food Poison Game?"
Michael Jordan's former personal trainer, Tim Grover, said Jordan was hit with a bout of food poisoning during one of the greatest games of the Hall-of-Famer's career, the classic Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals.
The game had come to be known as "The Flu Game," and Jordan scored 38 points to help lead the Bulls to a 90-88 win over the Jazz in Utah, and the Bulls went on to clinch their fifth title in Game 6.
Jordan was physically weak during that game.
"Yes, 100 percent poisoned for ('The Flu Game')," Grover told TrueHoop TV. "Everyone called it a 'Flu Game,' but we sat there and we were in the room, we were in Park City, Utah, up in a hotel. Room service stopped at like 9 o'clock. And he got hungry, and we really couldn't find any other place to eat so we ordered ... I said, 'Hey, the only thing I could find is a pizza place.' He said, 'All right, order pizza.' We had been there for a while, so everybody knows what hotel ... I mean Park City (didn't have) many hotels back then. Everybody kind of knew where we were staying.
"So we order a pizza, they come to deliver it, five guys come to deliver this pizza. And I'm just ... I take the pizza, and I tell them, I said, 'I got a bad feeling about this.' I said, 'I just got a bad feeling about this.' Out of everybody in the room, he was the only one that ate. Nobody else ... then 2 o'clock in the morning, I get a call to my room. I come to the room, he's curled up, he's curled up in the fetal position. We're looking at him. We're finding the team physician at that time. And immediately I said, 'It's food poisoning.' Guaranteed. Not the flu."
Jordan was so weak at one point that he appeared to collapse into the arms of Scottie Pippen, and calls that game one of his most difficult.
"That was probably the most difficult thing I've ever done," Jordan said, according to NBA.com. "I almost played myself into passing out just to win a basketball game. If we had lost, I would have been devastated."