Remember Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals? If not, here’s a refresher: It was the Bulls vs the Jazz, and Michael Jordan had just been diagnosed with a stomach flu. But, in vintage Jordan fashion, he kept playing anyway, and ended up leading his team to victory.
There was another player in this drama on the court, though—one that you might not remember. His name is Preston Truman, a ball boy in ’97, who brought MJ some applesauce after the game. As a reward, he got the autographed pair of Air Jordan XIIs worn by Mike on the court, and now, at age 35, Truman is finally ready to let them go.
The Michael Jordan “Flu Game” Air Jordan XIIs are going up for auction here on November 18th, so start saving your pennies now if you want a shot at winning. Until then, enjoy the video below, detailing the whole “Flu Game” story and the now-famous sneakers.