January 13, 1999
On this day, Michael Jordan retired from the NBA for the second time. With Phil Jackson’s contract expiring…and with the pending departures of Scottie Pippen (demanded a trade) and Dennis Rodman (signed with the Los Angeles Lakers) looming….and with the NBA involved in the latter stages of an owner-induced lockout, Jordan retired from the Chicago Bulls.
In short, had Jordan never retired on this day, 11 years ago…we he may never had made a triumphant return to the NBA via the Washington Wizards. In which case, we would have never experienced this banner NBA moment…
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