The 1996 Chicago Bulls are regarded by many as the greatest NBA team of all time. The squad racked up 72 wins on the way to their 4th NBA Championship in 6 years. This kicked off what would eventually become their second 3-peat of the decade.
Led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman, the Bulls of the late 90s were one of the hottest tickets in sports. Their home games, which were played at the United Center, were sold out every night.
Before each home game, the team took the court to “Sirius,” an instrumental track by British rock band the Alan Parsons Project. The entrance, complete with a “running of the bulls” style intro video, was one of the most electric moments in all of sports.
Fans went absolutely ballistic as the Bulls’ starting lineup was introduced. Over the years, teams in other sports have tried to mimic the entrance by using the song themselves. Simply put, none hold a candle to the real thing.
The 1996 Chicago Bulls Were Incoic… Just Like the Jordan “Flu Game”
The 1996 Chicago Bulls team was arguably the best team to ever step foot on a court. But what Michael Jordan did the following season in game 5 of the NBA Finals might be even more legendary.
The story goes like this: allegedly, Jordan was battling “flu-like symptoms” the morning of the game. He missed pregame warmups but pushed through, eventually leading his team to a 90-88 victory over the Utah Jazz. Jordan played 44 minutes and had 38 points—not too shabby for someone who needed IVs before, during, and after the game.
But years after the “Flu Game” moniker was born, the true story finally came out. It wasn’t the flu, but actually, food poisoning that had Jordan feeling less than 100 percent that night.
“So we order a pizza, they come to deliver it, five guys come to deliver this pizza,” Jordan’s trainer Tim Grover said in an interview with ESPN. “They’re all trying to look in, and everybody knew it was Michael,” Grover recalls. “So I take the pizza, I pay them, and I put this pizza down and I say, ‘I’ve got a bad feeling about this.’”
Even crazier, some sports conspiracy theorists believe that Jordan wasn’t sick at all, but was faking the entire thing in order to help motivate himself and his team. Regardless, it’s hard to argue that Jordan and his Bulls teams weren’t must-see television in the 90s.
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