For the majority of basketball fans, the following three words — the flu game — are shorthand for game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals. Specifically, the words denote Michael Jordan’s gutty 38-point performance in a 90-88 Chicago Bulls victory over the Utah Jazz. (The Bulls would go on to clinch their fifth title in the following game.) MJ was visibly weakened that night, at the time said to be suffering from the flu. Recently, Bulls trainer Tim Grover declared it was actually food poisoning that nearly took the Bulls’ franchise player out of the lineup, incurred from bad pizza delivered to Jordan’s room the previous night. Regardless of the source of his illness, No. 23 stayed in the game, and afterward he autographed his game-worn black and red kicks and handed them over to a very lucky Utah Jazz ball boy. Having sat in a safe-deposit box over the past 15-plus years, the very same Air Jordan XIIs are now set to go up for auction on November 18th, through Grey Flannel Auctions in New York. Expect these to be among the top-dollar pieces of MJ-related memorabilia by the time the auction closes.