For the last 23 years, we've referred to it as the "Michael Jordan Flu Game."
Not as catchy, but it's what really happened.
The night before Game 5, Jordan was at the team hotel in Utah and he wanted some food. The only place open was a pizza joint. Jordan's personal assistant George Koehler and personal trainer Tim Grover ordered a pizza for MJ.
When it arrived at the hotel room, five guys were there to deliver it. Grover recalls having a bad feeling about the food. Jordan ate the entire pizza.
Jordan woke up in the middle of the night and was throwing up. The rest is history.
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Somehow, Jordan managed to play in Game 5, and he led the Bulls to a miraculous win with 38 points in 44 minutes.
The food poisioning is crazy!— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) May 18, 2020
I bet that pizza place feels really dumb 😂😂😂— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) May 18, 2020
Paschall even got in a shot at his childhood friend, Donovan Mitchell, who plays for the Jazz now.
Aye @spidadmitchell that's how y'all moving?!!! I am not going to dinner with you in Utah ever! 😂😂— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) May 18, 2020
Whether it was the flu or food poisoning, Jordan's performance that night in Utah is one of the most iconic moments in NBA history.
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Jordan crumpling into the arms of teammate Scottie Pippen after the Bulls had defeated the Jazz is one of the most memorable images in sports history.
And yes, Jordan's performance probably was karma for the Utah pizza place trying to poison him in order to win the game.
Eric Paschall makes fun of Utah for Michael Jordan 1997 food poisoning originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area