When Michael Jordan retired from the game on January 13, 1999, an era ended for the NBA. The greatest player of all time was hanging up the signature shoes, and the rest of the league was suddenly contending again.
In the years following his retirement, Tim Duncan entered the NBA and immediately become a star, and the Los Angeles Lakers won another championship. Also, perhaps most notably, Kobe Bryant had taken Jordan's role as the game's greatest perimeter player.
Unable to stay away from basketball, Jordan had moved into a job as the general manager of the Washington Wizards. It appeared as though Jordan would continue to influence the game from the front office. However, that perception changed on September 25, 2001.
During the month of September, the 9/11 terrorist attacks were the major news story. However, in the sports world, the major story were the rumors surrounding Jordan's potential return to basketball. On September 25, he confirmed those rumors to be true.
While Michael's return may not have been successful for the Washington Wizards franchise, it was certainly successful for Jordan and basketball fans everywhere. A new generation of fans, who had only known the dominance of Kobe Bryant, were treated to the greatest player of all time.
These are the 10 greatest moments of Jordan's return to basketball.