Remember the night Michael Jordan proved he was superhuman?
The iconic Bulls basketball player had plenty of legendary moments during his NBA career, but this is definitely one of the most fascinating. Jordan’s Bulls were facing the Utah Jazz in the ’97 finals. The teams had split the first four games 2-2, but at 2 am the day before game 5, Jordan was found in his hotel room, paralyzed with illness. He spent the next 36 hours in bed and doctors said there was no chance Jordan could play an NBA game.
However, he absolutely refused to sit out game five and stepped out in the arena — still experiencing horrible flu-like symptoms. Despite looking close to death, he played just as amazingly once he was out on the court. He scored 38 points, including the game winning 3-pointer! After the game, he collapsed into teammate Scottie Pippen’s arms.
Two days later — the Bulls clinched the NBA title in game six. To this day, the exact nature of Jordan’s illness remains a mystery, and game five is still called “the flu game” by most fans. Several alternative theories exist about the illness, like that Jordan was just hungover or that a Utah pizzeria purposefully poisoned him. Regardless, Jordan he proved that he could play out of his mind — even under the worst health circumstances.