As many of the nation's sports opinion blowhards continue to ponder what has become a tiresome "Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James...Who's the greatest? debate"---we have reached the 20-year anniversary of one of Jordan's most famous performances.
Jordan scored 38 points with 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 44 minutes leading the Bulls to a 90-88 game 5 win in a game many thought he would never play. The victory gave Chicago a 3-2 lead over Utah in the NBA Finals. It was a series Chicago would close out in game six. Jordan said he felt like he was on his 'death bed' before the game due to flu-like symptoms. It's considered one of his greatest and toughest performances. As a reminder, here's a quick look back.
Basketball fans and Jordan historians refer to the flu game as one of Jordan's toughest and greatest performances. Take my nephew Jonathan Stoehr for example. As any good basketball loving fan would do, he's teaching his son--my great nephew, Jamison, all about the greatness of Michael Jordan. Jamison became hooked on M.J. thanks to a viewing of the movie "Spacejam." For Jamison's fifth birthday, he received some Jordan gear which he joyfully wore Sunday to celebrate and recreate Jordan's "flu game."
Well done Jamison...and well done Jonathan. Wherever you stand on the MJ/LeBron debate, I love when young sports fans learn about the previous generation.