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Michael Jordan’s “flu game” Nikes to be auctioned off

Sep 23, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

Pretty soon you can own the red and black Nikes that Michael Jordan wore in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals — the legendary “flu game.” Well, you can if you have six figures of disposable income sitting around that you can spend on shoes you will never wear. And if so, well, good for you.

You remember the game. The series was tied 2-2 and before the critical Game 5 Jordan was battling a 103 degree fever — which legendary Jordan trainer Tim Grover still says was due to intentional food poisoning — and still found a way to score 38 points, grab seven rebounds and drag the Bulls to a key win. Among all of Jordan’s legendary games and accomplishments, this one was right at the top.

After the game, he autographed the shoes and handed them over to an industrious Jazz ball boy (there is photographic evidence of this), who has kept them under lock and key since.

Now he will auction them off through Grey Flannel Auctions, with bidding opening in November, reports Dan Devine at Ball Don’t Lie

“We were approached by the ball boy because of our affiliation with the Basketball Hall of Fame,” (Grey Flannel director of operations Michael) Russek told BDL. “He never looked to sell them before now. I think he recently realized that he was getting a little older and was more curious than anything to see if people still cared about the story.”

Um, yes they still do. A lot.

“He wants someone else to have them who can display them better, as they’ve sat in a safety deposit box for the last 15-plus years,” Russek said. “Mainly, he wants Jordan fans to hear the story and know they are out there and how they were obtained.”

The story will get out there, and said ball boy will make a hefty chunk of change. Capitalism at its finest.

The auction also will have a LeBron James game jersey, Elgin Baylor’s 1974 NBA All-Star Game trophy and more. You can own all of it, if you have the cash.

  1. clickablecontent - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Ew. Do they come with a can of lysol and a Z-pack?

  2. hildezero - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    I would like to see how they look like.

    • daddyghi - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      15 years in a safety deposit box? i imagine, if someone touches that shoe, it will turn in to dust!

  3. gmsalpha - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    No pic of the shoes? Or at least a link to the model/year? I am not a sneaker head, but I’d like to see which Jordan’s these were/are.

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      They would have been the Jordan XIIs

      http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slides/photos/001/352/612/12_display_image.jpg?1317120270

      • sailbum7 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Since the article clearly says that they are “red and black” it is pretty clear that they do not look like the picture you linked to.

      • asimonetti88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        That’s a generic picture of Jordan XIIs, not the actual shoes he wore in the game.

    • chloepiece - Sep 24, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Google Flu Games.
      They’re the Jordan 12s in red and black…exactly like the ones shown in the link below, except in the aforementioned colors. A classic for anyone in the shoe game or any MJ fan.

  4. antistratfordian - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    “He wants someone else to have them who can display them better…”

    Oh yeah, I’m sure that’s the reason. I believe it 100%.

  5. freddysanford - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Why in the world would Jordan give those shoes to the yard Jazz ball boy ?????? Dumb. Just plain dumb.

  6. stayhigh_247 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    what size does Mike wear?

    • jamin1inu - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      13

  7. jamin1inu - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    First, I call BS on no reference, pic or tease about the damn shoe.

    Also, what’s this?

    “You remember the game. The series was tied 2-2 and before the critical Game 5 Jordan was battling a 103 degree fever — which legendary Jordan trainer Tim Grover still says was due to intentional food poisoning — and still found a way to score 38 points, grab seven rebounds and drag the Bulls to a key win. Among all of Jordan’s legendary games and accomplishments, this one was right at the top.”

    “Intentional food poisoning”? Perhaps “intestinal food poisoning” is what they meant?

    Was that a Freudian slip?

  8. ashutto20 - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    red and black 12 flu games…MJ is GOAT

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