Today in NBA History: Jordan’s Flu Game Victory

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JUNE 13: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls rests during Game Five of the 1997 NBA Finals played against the Utah Jazz on June 11, 1997 at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz 90-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

I remember it like it was yesterday.

A 12-year-old me sat on the floor of my parents’ bedroom, eyes fixed on the television screen.

Chicago Bulls Guard Michael Jordan was gravely ill, but somehow managed to suit up for the NBA team’s game against the Utah Jazz. My mom and dad were screaming at our 18 inch TV screen. Exclamations, sometimes accompanied by foul language, filled the room.

Pip MJ Flu Game


Admiration was present and for good reason. Despite having a temperature that measured well beyond the normal limit, Michael Jordan managed to give us an impressive 38 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals…all while battling debilitating flu symptoms. O and the Bulls won too.

The game was the stuff of legends. And 18 years later, it still holds weight.