Former Jazz ball boy auctioning Michael Jordan’s ‘Flu Game’ shoes
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter November 11, 2013 11:01PM
1997 NBA Finals Game Five: Chicago Bulls v Utah Jazz
Updated: December 13, 2013 6:29AM
Michael Jordan’s superstitions have been well documented through the years, but thanks to a former Jazz ball boy even more are coming out.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Preston Truman, a ball boy for the Jazz in the mid-1990s, will be auctioning off the shoes worn by Jordan in the famous Game 5 “Flu Game” between the Bulls and Jazz in the 1997 NBA Finals.
The auction begins on Nov. 18, with the starting bid set at $5,000, but it’s how Truman was given the shoes that’s the real story, and it’s because of applesauce.
Jordan apparently demanded applesauce before every game, which former teammate and current Bulls assistant general manager Randy Brown confirmed on Monday. In a trip into Utah for a regular-season game earlier in that 1996-97 season, there was no applesauce to be found.
Truman noticed the concern coming from Bulls personnel, and took it upon himself to get his hands on some applesauce for his “Airness.”
When the Bulls came back for the Finals, Jordan remembered Truman, and after the Game 5 victory over the Jazz — a team that Truman grew up watching — Jordan gave him the shoes.
The next year, Truman was offered $11,000 in cash for the treasured shoes, and according to the paper turned it down. Fifteen years later, it’s time to sell them.
As for another Jordan superstition Brown revealed, if his game shoes were tied before he put them on they were thrown aside and a new pair was needed.