Scottie Pippen’s hilarious comment on carrying Michael Jordan in ‘Flu Game’
Basketball great Scottie Pippen looked back on Michael Jordan’s famous “Flu Game” for the Chicago Bulls. He shared several details on what went on before and during the game, while at the same time, dropping a few witty jokes along the way.
Pippen was with Rachel Nichols in The Jump to discuss Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, or what’s famously known as the “Flu Game.”
Pippen narrated how Jordan was obviously sluggish and weak in the first few minutes of the game. Because of this, Pippen said that he put his offensive hat on at first, hoping to lift the Bulls early. He believed that sooner or later, Jordan will get his game going as he’s always been the team’s closer.
After the Bulls won, Jordan clung to Pippen as they walked away from the floor — this became one of the most iconic photographs in all of basketball. Asked about what was it like carrying Jordan off the floor, Pippen joked:
“It was easy, he carried me for like 11 seasons…”
“It was great. You know me and Michael we have a special bond. We’ve been together for so long.”
Below is the full video:
On the 21st anniversary of the Flu Game, @ScottiePippen gives us all the behind-the-scenes details. When I asked him about that iconic pic of him carrying MJ off the floor, he said: "It was easy, he carried me for like 11 seasons…" 😂 pic.twitter.com/b7aaxF4FxG
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 11, 2018
Pippen also felt that Jordan wasn’t fully aware of what was going on:
“I felt that at some moment, he didn’t know where he was at. He didn’t know what he was doing or what was going on. Because he was probably medicated a little bit.”
Jordan’s Flu Game has been replayed and discussed countless of times. But the story took on another meaning once Pippen — Jordan’s partner in crime and best friend — narrated the events in great detail. It just felt more authentic.