On a table inside a dark room at the old Delta Center, Michael Jordan lay flat on his back, wearing only his North Carolina shorts with a white T-shirt and feeling ill an hour before Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals.
You probably remember it as The Flu Game.
Preston Truman, now 39, recalls standing alone next to Jordan in that room as an IV pumped fluids into the Bulls superstar. The Jazz ball boy who developed a special connection with Jordan still marvels at his moxie that night.
Jordan instructed Truman to take his Game 5 tickets to will call, one of the ball boy's usual tasks. After taking Jordan's tickets out of his hand, Truman built up the nerve to ask a...