Friday, May 11, 2012
Flu Made Who?
Among the many instantly-identifiable Jordan moments over the years, The Flu Game (game 5 against the Jazz in the 1997 Finals) looms sufficiently large within the mythology. Given Kobe Bryant's obsessive quest to approximate or surpass every single facet of MJ's career (minus the baseball hiatus, thank god), last night felt almost ... I mean, I don't want to say "manufactured", but ... well, it was funny that Kobe got really ill before a critical playoff game. Not to say he wasn't sick, mind you; Kobe looked like hell last night. It's just vaguely hilarious that he now has his own "Flu Game." Anyway, here, for you enjoyment, are their respective lines from the nights when Kobe and Jordan were deathly ill but had to lace 'em up and hit the court all the same.
Kobe: 37 min, 13/23 FG, 1/4 3FG, 4/4 FT, 4 AST, 2 REB, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 31 PTS.
MJ: 44 min, 13/27 FG, 2/5 3FG, 10/12 FT, 5 AST, 7 REB, 3 STL, 1 BLK, 38 PTS.
Oh, and the Bulls won against the Malone/Stockton Jazz. The Lakers got outplayed by Corey Brewer, Kenneth Faried, and Ty Lawson.
Kobe is the second-greatest shooting guard of all time. Now he has the second-greatest Flu Game of all time to prove it. Happy Friday.