There’s been nothing too outrageous happening so far in the new season, other than the Knicks being shite but we’re used to that so might as well open up with the old reliable here, aka Micheal Jordan.
Mint Condition: Flu Game Shoes For Sale
A former Utah Jazz[/URL] ball boy is preparing to auction off the sneakers worn by [URL=‘http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/1035/michael-jordan’]Michael Jordan[/URL] during Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, when the iconic guard famously battled through flu-like symptoms while leading the [URL=‘http://espn.go.com/nba/team/_/name/chi/chicago-bulls’]Chicago Bulls to a narrow victory.
Preston Truman revealed during a recent interview with The Salt Lake Tribune that Jordan gave him the shoes after the contest, known as “The Flu Game.”
Multiple auction houses have verified the authenticity of the sneakers, which Truman had been storing at a bank for nearly 17 years, according to the Tribune. Bidding will begin at $5,000 Monday.
Despite battling flu-like symptoms that nearly forced him to miss the game, Michael Jordan scored 38 points to rally Chicago past Utah in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals.
Although he has treasured the sneakers since receiving them, Truman said he is ready to part ways with the famous memorabilia.
“I’m 35, and 40’s just right around the corner, and it seems like time goes by faster the older you get,” he told the paper. “Maybe it’s just time to get those things out there.”
Truman, who was an 18-year-old ball boy for the Jazz during the 1996-97 season, told the Tribune that he granted a pregame request by Jordan when the Bulls were at the Delta Center for a regular-season game in November 1996.
Jordan was upset that he did not have any applesauce to eat prior to the game, prompting Truman to race through the arena in search of the pregame snack, according to the Tribune.
Truman told the paper that he returned to the Bulls’ locker room with an industrial-sized can of applesauce for Jordan, who said, “You came through,” and later rewarded the ball boy with a postgame autograph.
The Bulls squared off with the Jazz again seven months later in the NBA Finals, with Games 3, 4 and 5 in Salt Lake City. Truman told the Tribune that he brought another large quantity of applesauce to Jordan, who evidently appreciated the gesture.
Despite suffering a stomach illness that nearly forced him to miss the game, Jordan scored 38 points in the pivotal Game 5, rallying the Bulls for a 90-88 victory and a 3-2 series lead. The Bulls clinched their second straight NBA title (their fifth in seven seasons) in Game 6.
Truman told the Tribune that he approached the physically ill Jordan prior to Game 5 and asked if the future Hall of Famer would give him his shoes after the game.
When an equipment manager attempted to pack away the sneakers after the game, Jordan made sure that they instead went to Truman, autographing the shoes while a bodyguard took photos.
Jordans heroics in the flu game have gone down as one of the all time greatest performances in the history of sport, Im gonna hazard a guess and say the ballboy pockets 150k out of this