The recipient of Michael Jordan’s “Flu Game” sneakers is planning on putting them up for auction sometime in the near future.
For those of you that don’t know, the “flu game” was when the Chicago Bulls played the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals. Michael Jordan had flu-like symptoms, and almost missed the game because of them. However, he came through for the Bulls that night, scoring 38 points, which led to a Bulls victory.
After the game, Jordan gave those shoes to Preston Truman, the then 18-year-old ball boy for the Jazz. Well, it looks as if he is done holding onto them. Truman spoke with the Salt Lake Tribune about the idea to auction the sneakers.
“I’m 35, and 40′s just right around the corner, and it seems like time goes by faster the older you get, maybe it’s just time to get those things out there.”
The story of how he got the shoes was pretty interesting to read. It all started when Michael Jordan asked Truman to find him some applesauce to have with his graham crackers. It’s an odd story, but it definitely is one to remember; and I’m sure you haven’t heard of it before.
The starting bi for the sneakers will be $5,000, but it is estimated that the number will likely rise.