Trainer Thinks Michael Jordan Was Poisoned Before The ‘Flu Game’

Trainer Thinks Michael Jordan Was Poisoned Before The 'Flu Game'When Michael Jordan torched the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, he apparently wasn’t suffering from the flu at all.

‘Deliver under such physical duress’

With the series tied 2-2, Jordan put up 38 points, seven rebounds and five assists, leading the Chicago Bulls to victory and paving the way for him to procure his fifth championship ring. That game.  His ability to deliver under such physical duress was awe-inspiring.

As it turns out, though, Jordan’s legendary display might not have come while he was dogged by the flu, or even the common cold. According to his trainer, Tim Grover, it came while he was persevering through the ill effects of some bad pizza (via Henry Abbott of ESPN.com):

We were in Park City, Utah, up in a hotel. Room service stopped at like nine o’clock. He got hungry and we really couldn’t find any other place to eat…

So we order pizza. 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.”


‘Food poisoning’

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.

There you have it. Jordan and the Bulls’ championship aspirations might not have been thwarted by his own immune system, but by some spoiled cheese or a moldy crust.

Why do you think the truth about Michael Jordan’s flu game came out only today? And the bigger question is — Whodunnit?

Source: Dan Favale, Bleacher Report

Image: The Smoking Section

Kobe Bryant Saves L.A. Lakers From Another Defeat

Kobe Bryant Saves L.A. Lakers From Another DefeatKobe Bryant rallied the L.A. Lakers from a huge 25-point deficit, bringing his team back from the brink of an embarrassing defeat and possibly saving the season—again.

‘Late-game performance’

In what has almost become a weekly occurrence, Bryant put together a highlight-laden late-game performance en route to yet another stunning final line. Every one of his 42 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds mattered Wednesday night, as the Lakers outscored the New Orleans Hornets 33-9 in the final period to steal a 108-102 victory. No. 24 was clearly on a mission down the stretch, scoring or assisting on 29 of the Lakers’ 33 fourth-quarter points. That’s not a typo.

And while his fourth-quarter dominance was something to behold, Bryant actually started his run just after halftime. Perhaps more important (and less predictable) than Bryant’s otherworldly performance was the way the Lakers rallied together during their late run.


‘Collection of individuals’

If a win like this helps turn the Lakers—who after 62 games still feel like a collection of individuals—into a team, it might be worth the headache. And hey, maybe Pau Gasol’s encouragement really worked. According to Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell, Mike D’Antoni said Howard had a heck of a lot to do with holding the Hornets to just nine points in the final period. Is Gasol the “Dwight Whisperer”?

Implausible chemistry creation aside, the bottom line is this: A loss in this game would have all but snuffed out the Lakers’ flickering playoff hopes. With 20 games remaining on the schedule, LA can’t afford to drop games to non-playoff teams, which is precisely what the Hornets are. And simplifying the analysis even further, LA can hardly afford to lose games the rest of the way, no matter who they play.

Do you think the Los Angeles Lakers will win this season? Which team are you rooting for?

Source: Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report

Image: ESPN LA