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Michael Jordan Had a “Cramp Game” in the NBA Finals Too

Michael Jordan
(courtesy: The Sun Times)

After LeBron James left last night’s game with cramps, the Internet exploded with “Michael Jordan would never leave the game with cramps” comments.

Funny thing about that though – Jordan did ask to sit out during a NBA Finals game once…because of cramps. It was Game 4 of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz, but very few people knew about the situation because of the lack of media back then.

Grantland’s Bill Barnwell dug this up, via Roland Lazenby’s “Michael Jordan: The Life

It would later be learned that a Bulls team assistant had mistakenly replaced the players’ Gatorade with GatorLode, a heavy drink used for building carbs. “It was like eating baked potatoes,” explained trainer Chip Schaeffer. Down the stretch, Chicago’s players complained of stomach cramps and Jordan even asked to sit for a time, something he never did at a key moment.

Jordan went on to return to the game but it was too little to late. The Jazz went on to win the game 78-73. People love to hate LeBron, but let’s not forget that Jordan wasn’t perfect either.

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