Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 2:14 pm  |  3 responses

Video: The Flu Game

Phil Jackson recounts MJ’s historic NBA Finals performance.

If you tuned in during All-Star Weekend, you probably saw a new Gatorade commercial featuring former NBA coach Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan. In the ad, Coach Jackson recounts Jordan’s epic performance in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, and explains how proper fueling propelled his will to win. In what is known as “The Flu Game”, Jordan finished with 38 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 1 block, and with the game all but over, Jordan collapsed into Scottie Pippen’s arms, creating one of the most replayed moments in Finals history. Here’s the ad one more time, only because the moment never gets old.

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  • Monte Moire

    I will admit, I was probably the only NBA fan that really did not like Jordan. He crushed my Phoenix Suns in their Finals moment. He got a lot of petty calls that others did not get. I mean you look at Jordan and the refs were blowing the whistle. I really did not like the guy…until the flu game, and reading his books. I remember watching game five, as well as the NBA Finals. Jordan was Superman that game. That made me really marvel at Jordan and his ability. I mean, I get a cold and I am missing work. Jordan was sick. I mean the guy looked pale! But he willed himself to play and finish with 38 pts!!!! This made me a fan.

  • Jerome

    Gatorade had little to do with MJ’s performance. Jordan could play on autopilot and own. The SLAM generation doesn’t care one way or the other. “Drink or fail” will be the next G slogan.

  • trent

    I remember watching this game when I was younger and having a really bad feeling. Now you would think “Wow! MJ’s got the flue? Cool, we’ve got a chance of winning this thing!” But then we all remembered who it was and said “Yep, we’re screwed no matter what.” And sadly (if your a Jazz fan like me) the results confirmed that sneaking suspicion I had.