Although he was chosen third overall in the 1984 NBA Draft and initially didn’t makehis varsity basketball team in high school, Michael Jordan would go on to have arguably the greatest basketball career of all time. Six NBA championships. Five NBA Most Valuable Player awards. Fourteen NBA All-Star appearances. Jordan was even so influential during his reign, that he’s credited with starting the baggy shorts fadwhen he required bigger shorts so he could continue wearing his University of North Carolina shorts underneath his Chicago Bulls gear during every game.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan’s NBA debut on Oct. 26, here is a roundup of a few facts you didn’t know about the eternal King of Chicago.
These are 11 things that will make your head spin about MJ.
1. “The Flu Game” might have been caused by someone poisoning Michael Jordan’s pizza.
In the famous “Flu Game” in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz, despite almost passing out in Scottie Pippen’s arms, Michael Jordan scored 38 points and led the Bulls to victory. The game is certainly one of Jordan’s most memorable performances, but the flu might not have been to blame for Jordan’s sickness.
Tim Grover, Michael Jordan’s former personal trainer, recounted what happened the night before:
Yes, 100 percent poisoned for (‘The Flu Game’). Everyone called it a ‘Flu Game,’ but we sat there and we were in the room, we were in Park City, Utah, up in a hotel. Room service stopped at like nine o’clock. And he got hungry, and we really couldn’t find any other place to eat so we ordered … I said, ‘Hey, the only thing I could find is a pizza place.’ He said, ‘All right, order pizza.’ We had been there for a while, so everybody knows what hotel … Everybody kind of knew where we were staying. So we order a pizza, they come to deliver it, five guys come to deliver this pizza … I said, ‘I got a bad feeling about this.’ … Out of everybody in the room, he was the only one that ate. Nobody else … then two o’clock in the morning, I get a call to my room. I come to the room, he’s curled up in the fetal position … Immediately I said, ‘It’s food poisoning.’ Guaranteed. Not the flu.