Monday, November 11, 2013

Former Jazz ball boy tells story of how he obtained Michael Jordan's shoes from infamous 'flu game'

Apparently, all it takes to get your hands on infamous shoes worn by Michael Jordan is a little courage, graham crackers, and applesauce.

That is precisely what former Utah Jazz ball boy Preston Truman, who is now 35-years-old, did to obtain the sneakers worn by Jordan in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, which is otherwise known as the memorable "flu game." However, a more accurate account of Jordan's condition during that game seems to be that he was battling food poisoning, not the flu. But that is neither here nor there.

In a recent interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, Truman shared his incredible story about Jordan and the shoes, revealing that he has kept the mementos in a safe deposit box for nearly two decades, but is now ready to part ways with them by way of auction.

Truman's story really is a fascinating read, but to quickly summarize, Truman gained the favor of Jordan by going out of his way to supply No. 23 with plenty of applesauce and graham crackers during their encounters, which began in Nov. 1996, and concluded in the 1997 NBA Finals.

After the game, the shoes were underneath Jordan’s dressing table while Truman went about his work...

Jordan showered and dressed, and when the equipment manager reached down to pick the shoes up and pack them away, MJ told him to hold it. "Those are his," he said, pointing to Truman. He later signed both shoes while one of his bodyguards snapped photos. He then rubbed the top of Truman’s head and left.

Truman has relished in that moment in time ever since. Now, a salesman by trade, Truman will allow Grey Flannel Auctions to sell the iconic shoes on Nov. 18, with the bidding beginning at $5,000.

Via Pro Basketball Talk

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