Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Looking Back: What Really Happened During Michael Jordan’s Flu Game

Michael Jordan’s “Flu Game” was one of the most impressive basketball performance by an individual player. It emphasizes Jordan’s drive for greatness. He was so competitive he didn’t want to back down even while ill. That game was crucial. It was the 1995 Finals where the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz had 2 wins a piece. Jordan recorded 38 points as the Bulls won, 90-88, sending the series back to Chicago where they won the championship behind yet another excellent performance by Jordan.

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But recent information suggests that the flu virus didn't even cause the “Flu Game.” Tim Grover, Jordan’s trainer, explained in an April 18, 2013 Chicago Sun-Times interview.

“So we order a pizza, they come to deliver it, five guys come to deliver this pizza. And I’m just … I take the pizza, and I tell them, I said, ‘I got a bad feeling about this.’ I said, ‘I just got a bad feeling about this.’ Out of everybody in the room, he was the only one that ate. Nobody else … then 2 o’clock in the morning, I get a call to my room. I come to the room, he’s curled up, he’s curled up in the fetal position. We’re looking at him. We’re finding the team physician at that time. And immediately I said, ‘It’s food poisoning.’ Guaranteed. Not the flu.”

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Poisoned or sick, Jordan played one of the most impressive performances in sports history.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tim Hardaway And His Killer Cross-Over

The 90s of the NBA had a surplus of some of the most talented players, who didn’t seem to belong to their time. Some of them had uncanny strength. Others had a pair of hawk eyes sharp enough to shoot from way beyond the arc and even make the ball swish through the basket. Some of them had signature moves which were simple and effective, just like the Miami Heat’s Tim Hardaway.

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The Miami Heat point guard had the all-around skills of a complete basketball player who could bring down the ball and set up his teammates. But when it mattered, he could create for himself by taking opponents one-on-one with the deadliest crossover in NBA history.

He had with him a number of advantages that made this possible. He was relatively short and stocky, like a football player, and this was rare to come along with a lightning first step that he had. There were many contemporaries who were fairly competent with the crossover, but it was only Tim Hardaway who could do this without carrying the ball.

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He nonchalantly dribbled his way, letting his feet do the work as his shifty neck kept his man’s defense guessing down to the last split second. And then, that’s how he would break ankles.

This killer crossover is something out of this world, a move that even Michael Jordan couldn’t do as well as Tim Hardaway did repeatedly.

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