Posted Nov 13, 2013 5:37 PM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A former Utah Jazz ball boy is selling Michael Jordan's shoes from his famous "flu game" during the 1997 NBA Finals.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Preston Truman kept the shoes in a safe-deposit box at a Utah bank for 15 years.
Truman, now 35, says he first befriended Jordan by running through the halls of the Salt Lake City arena to get Jordan his pregame applesauce.
When the Chicago Bulls came back for the finals months later, Truman had more applesauce waiting for Jordan.
Jordan was so impressed that after the game he offered Truman the shoes, with a signature.
Auction officials say they verified the shoes were authentic. Grey Flannel Auctions says it will auction them online Nov. 18.
Bidding begins at $5,000.
|GameTime: Learning from the Czar|
Former NBA player Pooh Jeter talks about what it's like to learn from and play for coach Mike Fratello.
|GameTime: Sekou's FIBA Update|
Sekou Smith gives an update on the situation in the Ukraine and talks about team USA's play.
|FIBA: Day Three Wrap|
Check out the best basketball that summer has to offer in the FIBA Day Three Wrap.
|Season Top 10: John Wall|
Relive the top 10 plays from the 2013-14 NBA season from Wizards' guard John Wall.
|Season Top 10: DeMar DeRozan|
Relive the top 10 plays from the 2013-14 NBA season from Raptors' guard DeMar DeRozan.