Personal trainer reveals how a pizza delivery was the reasoning behind Jordan’s flu like symptoms.
In what has been regarded as the Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan’s greatest ever game, a new revelation by his personal trainer at the time gives a reason as to why he was suffering from severe illness from the now infamous ‘Flu Game’ – he had food poisoning.
His trainer at the time, Tim Grover, explains the entire scenario about the cause, which can all be stemmed back to a dodgy pizza takeaway.
“We were in Park City, Utah, up in a hotel. Room service stopped at like nine o’clock. He got hungry and we really couldn’t find any other place to eat. So we said eh, the only thing I can find is a pizza place. So we says all right, order pizza. ” Grover told TruHoop Tv for ESPN.
“We had been there for a while. Everybody knew what hotel. Park City was not many hotels back then. So everyone kind of knew where we were staying.
“So we order pizza….Five guys came to deliver this pizza.
“I take the pizza and I tell them: “I’ve got a bad feeling about this. … I’ve just got a bad feeling about this.
“Out of everybody in the room, [MJ] was the only one who ate. Nobody else had it.
“And then 2 o’clock in the morning I get a call to my room. Come to the room. He’s curled up in the fetal position. We’re looking at him, finding the team physician at that time.
“Immediately I told him it’s food poisoning. Not the flu.”
If this is the case, then it makes what Jordan did the following day even more remarkable, despite battling against league MVP Karl Malone, MJ ended up with 38 points, seven rebounds and five assists, all while battling severe illness.
Once again, this highlights the incredible athlete and person he was, and why he is regarded the greatest of all time.