Pernah Dengar Kisah “Flu Game”? (Heroisme Michael Jordan)

“Flu game” adalah bukti betapa main basket adalah segalanya bagi sang legenda, Michael Jordan!

Menjelang partai ke-5 final NBA tahun 1997 antara Utah Jazz melawan Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan mengalami sakit parah yang menguras tenaganya.

Dari salah satu artikel yang pernah gw baca, sang penulis, George Koehler menyatakan bahwa banyak orang yang gak sadar betapa seriusnya kondisi Michael Jordan saat itu. Saat mendekati waktu pertandingan, Jordan tak pernah meninggalkan kamarnya dan tidak berkumpul bersama rekan-rekannya.

Ketika tiba waktu makan, Jordan tidak menyantap apapun. Saat teman-temannya selesai makan, Jordan hanya menyantap sedikit pizza. Pada sekitar jam 2 atau 3 pagi, Jordan mengalami gangguan dan nyeri pada perutnya. Dokter memberi Jordan obat penenang agar ia bisa tidur. Namun tidak berhasil. Jordan merasa ingin muntah tetapi tidak bisa. Badannya panas dingin, demam, meriang. Jordan tidak tidur semalaman.

Pada pagi hari, saat waktu berlatih, Jordan terlalu lemah untuk ikut latihan. Ia mencoba tidur untuk mendapatkan tenaga baru yang semakin menipis. Jordan benar-benar tak bisa tidur.

Jam 3 sore, tim Chicago Bulls berangkat menuju stadion untuk game 5 melawan Jazz. Jordan terlihat sangat lemas. Tak bisa memuntahkan isi perutnya, dan masih belum tidur seharian. Di dalam tubuh Jordan juga berseliweran obat-obatan yang tadinya ditujukan untuk mengobati namun ternyata gagal.

Jam 5 sore, 1 jam sebelum pertandingan, Jordan hampir tak sadarkan diri. Kantuk menyerangnya. Jordan lalu menenggak banyak sekali kopi. Jordan lalu bermain. Kopi ini pun tak membuat rasa kantuk Jordan, malah memperparah dehidrasi yang dialaminya.

Di dalam video, terlihat betapa Jordan terlihat sangat lemas, dan jalannya pun limbung. Jordan bermain selama 44 menit. Mencetak 38 angka, mengejar ketertinggalan 16 angka dari Jazz, termasuk 3 angka yang menentukan kemenangan Bulls di detik-detik akhir.

Bulls memenangkan pertandingan. Jordan dipapah oleh Scottie Pippen saat meninggalkan lapangan. Banyak yang mengetahui bahwa Jordan sedang kurang enak badan saat itu. Tetapi tak banyak yang benar-benar mengetahui bahwa risiko yang dihadapi Jordan dengan memaksakan diri bermain saat itu dapat berakibat fatal bagi dirinya.

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Michael Jordan: “I woke up at three in the morning with what seemed like stomach flu. I couldn’t keep anything down and I couldn’t sleep. I took something that I thought would make me drowsy, but the symptoms were so severe I never got back to sleep. By the time I got to the arena I was fighting to stay awake. I just sat back in the locker room drinking coffee, trying to wake up enough to play the game. I didn’t have anything in my stomache and the coffee really didn’t do anything to wake me up. By halftime I was getting dehydrated, so I started drinking what I thought was Gatorade. But someone had mistakenly handed me a bottle of GatorLode, which is what you are suppose to drink after you have finished a difficult activity.

By the time we went back out for the second half I felt bloated on top of being exhausted. I had continued to drink coffee, which utimately only helped the dehydration come more quickly. There were times in the 3rd and 4th quarters that I felt like I was going to pass out. I remember thinking, “Get this game over so I can lie down.” In the fourth quarter, right before the three pointer that won the game, I had become almost completely dehydrated. I was shivering, but I continued to sweat. On that last shot, I didn’t even know whether it went in or not. I could barely stand up. When I got back into the locker room the doctor were really concerned because I didn’t have anything left. I was cold, yet I was sweating and dehydrated. They wanted to give me intravenous fluids, but I made it over to a table, lay down, and started drinking Gatorade. That’s all I did for about 45 minutes. All for a basketball game.”

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