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HOOPS MEMORIES - The Flu Game

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https://www.amazon.it/Hoops-Memories-Momenti-basket-americano-ebook/dp/B01JAC2GTQ
11 giugno 1997, «Delta Center», Salt Lake City (Utah)
Finali NBA, gara-5, Utah Jazz vs. Chicago Bulls 88-90

di Christian Giordano, Black Jesus #1
Notte prima degli esami. Prova pratica di gara-5 delle Finali NBA 1997, Michael Jordan si sveglia di soprassalto, stanco e tutto sudato ma infreddolito. Nessuno ha mai saputo se quel malessere fosse dovuto a un’intossicazione alimentare da cibo avariato (forse la pizza della sera prima), o ad altri fattori, non ultima l’altura di Park City. 
Alle otto del mattino una guardia del corpo di “Air” bussa alla porta di Chip Schaefer, fisioterapista dei Bulls, Michael ha più di 39ºC di febbre e se ne sta rannicchiato nel letto, in posizione fetale, dopo una notte agitata, insonne, da incubo. Schaefer gli attacca un flebo per restituire liquido a quel corpo indebolito e quasi disidratato. Michael non si regge in piedi; ha la nausea, un fortissimo mal di testa e un aspet…

Reign of terror: Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton and the rise of the Seattle Supersonics

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http://www.sbnation.com/2014/3/25/5544858/shawn-kemp-gary-payton-seattle-supersonics-90s
by Paul Flannery Mar 25, 2014

They won zero titles, but led by Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton and coach George Karl, the Seattle Supersonics emerged as one of the most compelling, eclectic and memorable non-champions in NBA history.
The Seattle Sonics were combustible. They were flawed. They were a little bit dangerous and not at all conventional. Ragged by design and exciting in both temperament and ability, the Sonics weren't ahead of their time. They were from another universe.
Nobody played basketball in the '90s like the Sonics. In an era of post-ups, isolations and slowdown styles, the Sonics were frantic. They trapped everything and switched even more. They wanted to turn you over and make you uncomfortable, and when they did, they threw down hammer dunks and alley-oops. Then, they told you about it afterward.
They were also really good. Over a six-year span, the Sonics won 357 games and f…