Volume 93, Issue x

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


SPORTS

Western hockey back on top

NFL season - a mix or surprises and boredom

Rounding up the 1999 holidays

Jordan retires, comes back and retires

Jordan retires, comes back and retires



October 6, 1993 was a moment of surprise for the sporting world when Michael Jordan announced his retirement after leading the Chicago Bulls to their third straight championship.

At the age of 30, with only nine seasons under his belt and a seemingly never ending hold on the National Basketball Association, Jordan left the game he had dominated from the time he set foot on the court. The speculation at the time was that Jordan had retired as a result of the murder of his father, James Jordan, a month after the Bulls won their third championship.

Despite the tragic loss of his father, rumours surfaced Jordan may have been asked by the NBA to retire because of his penchance for gambling and the possibility his gambling debts were getting too high and risked tarnishing the image the NBA had created for him.

After trying his hand at baseball for a year and a half, Jordan returned to the NBA on March 19, 1995 in a game against the Indiana Pacers. Although Jordan appeared to be a bit rusty, he still put up some good numbers.

With Jordan's return, the Bulls again won three straight championships but with the impending NBA lock out appearing to have no end and the Bulls management, who did not want to give head coach Phil Jackson a contract extension, Jordan officially retired from basketball on January 13, 1999.

Jordan changed the face of basketball. His ability on the court and his marketability off the court made him possibly the most recognizable figure in sports history.

-Chad Thompson


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