Air Jordan 12 aka "Flu Game 12s."
June 11th, 1997, Game 5 of the NBA finals is forever known as the "Flu Game," and the red and black sneakers Michael Jordan wore became known as the "Flu Game 12’s.”
I came to know about this shoe through Eric Thomas aka @etthehiphoppreacher and his motivational mixtape which I had on repeat from 2012 - 2015. While at Uni, I listened to ET every single morning without fail, on the bus, on the way home and on the way to the gym. On repeat. ET tells the story about Michael Jordan's Flu Game the best, so I'd encourage you to check out Eric Thomas - The Flu on Youtube. The story goes something like this..."Suffering from flu-like symptoms, it is bad news for the Bulls. How much, how long and how hard will Michael Jordan be able to go?" says the commentator before the Chicago Bulls play Utah Jazz in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. As it stood, both teams were tied 2-2. For Jordan, he had to play in whatever condition he was in. There is plenty of video footage on Youtube where you can see Jordan fueling himself with liquids, holding himself up, with his hands on his knees and covering his head in a towel. Regardless of how he looked, he mustered the energy to perform."Stuck the dagger in them with the 3," the commentator cheers at one point. It is one of those audios that you know the other person on the other end is smiling. The Bulls ended up winning the game 90-88 with Jordan putting 38 points up, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. ET's message is about giving all you've got, like when you can feel your heart beating out of your chest and the "Flu Game" was the perfect analogy.