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Jordans Daily History Lesson: Michael Jordan Announces His Second Return to the NBA

September 25th, 2013 By

September 25th marks the anniversary of Michael Jordan’s second return to the NBA after a three-year ‘retirement’ that had Jordan lingering around Washington Wizards practices in full gear although he was supposed to be in suit and tie and managing basketball operations. When originally announcing his second retirement from the Chicago Bulls – its storybook ending at the top of the key in Utah, arm raised in follow-through as his game and sixth championship clinching shot went through the net over Bryon Russel – Jordan said he was ‘99.9 percent sure’ he was finished with the game of basketball. It was that 1 tenth of a percentage point that guided him to suit up for the Wizards in a post 9/11 landscape that had him donating the first year of a two year salary to a September 11th victims fund.

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October 6th, 1993: Michael Jordan Announces Retirement

October 6th, 2012 By

Today marks the arrival of the Air Jordan IX ‘Johnny Kilroy’, a pair playing off an old ad campaign in which Michael Jordan’s retirement was purported by an inquisitive Steve Martin to be fake, with Kilroy being one of many alter egos. The date was one chosen by Jordan Brand for historical purposes, Michael Jordan having announced his first retirement on October 6th of 1993. It was a tough moment to watch, Michael appearing in a press conference alongside then Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf to announce that he was stepping away from the game of basketball after nine years with the Bulls. “It’s time for me to move away from the game of basketball” he explained, citing his lack of interest in the game after having already accomplished so much. Speculation ran rampant at the time regarding other possible motivations, the tragic murder of his father earlier in the year thought to have added to Mike’s decision.

In a move that left even more stunned he made the decision to pursue a career in baseball, signing a contract with Chicago White Sox affiliate the Birmingham Barons. That stint didn’t prove promising for Mike, who struggled on the diamond and of course eventually, thankfully, returned to the NBA and the Chicago Bulls to dominate once again. The retirement situation left the Air Jordan IX as an odd man out of sorts in terms of that first string of Tinker Hatfield designed Air Jordan’s, the shoe itself never laced up by Mike in an NBA game during its OG run. Click through with us to talk a walk down memory lane via the shocking press conference in which Michael Jordan announced his first retirement from the game and drop us a comment if you remember this day in basketball history.

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Jordans Daily History Lesson: Michael Jordan at the All-Star Game

February 23rd, 2012 By

With NBA All-Star Weekend kicking off tomorrow night, we thought we’d take a look back at the event that Michael Jordan was a part of 14 times throughout his career. Michael’s first All-Star Game appearance came in 1985 in Indianapolis in what would be known as the “freeze out” game due to Isaiah Thomas’ jealousy toward the rookie sensation. The effects of said “freeze out” showed as Michael would only score 7 points on 2-9 shooting. Jordan would miss the 1986 festivities due to a foot injury that kept him sidelined for most of the season, but would come back with a vengeance in ’87 as he won the Slam Dunk Contest for the first time of his career. He would go on to capture his first All-Star Game MVP in 1988 in front of the hometown Chicago crowd in a dazzling display of showmanship by scoring 40 points and taking home the Slam Dunk Championship for the second year in a row. Michael would continue to put on a great show for the crowd until his last All-Star Game in 1993 in which he retired following the end of the Chicago Bulls’ third consecutive championship victory.

Michael’s retirement was short lived and like his retirement, so was his absence from the All-Star festivities. In his first full season of basketball following retirement, Michael made his tenth starting appearance and would take home the MVP after scoring 20 points in 22 minutes of play. He’d win his last MVP in New York City against a young Kobe Bryant and would play his last All-Star Game overall in 2003 which would have ended perfectly if not for a Jermaine O’Neal foul. In addition to three MVP awards in 13 All-Star appearances, Michael averaged 20.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest. Although Jordan won’t be on the court this weekend in Orlando, his influence will be there as players who looked up to him growing up will take their turn at All-Star greatness.

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Jordans Daily History Lesson: Air Jordan IV White Cement

February 16th, 2012 By

The Air Jordan IV ‘White Cement’ will reissue this Saturday, February 18th, for the third time in the history of the signature line. The anticipation is well deserved for the 2012 retro of this original colorway as it last retroed thirteen years ago in 1999, and along with the ‘Fire Red’, ‘Black Cement’ and ‘Military’, the ‘White Cement’ IV was among the four original editions of the AJ IV that released during the 1988-89 NBA season, but has undoubtedly been the scarcest of that group. Michael Jordan didn’t wear the particular colorway of the Air Jordan IV until after All-Star Game, with its first appearance being against the Atlanta Hawks on February 14th, 1989; the Bulls would go on to lose that game, but Michael quickly made up for that loss by scoring 50 points against the division rival Milwaukee in their next game. The ‘White Cement’ IV would serve as Michael’s go to shoe during the Chicago Bulls’ run to the NBA Playoffs, finishing 21-14 in the process and earning the sixth overall seed in the East.

Not only would the Air Jordan IV ‘White Cement’ gain notoriety on court, it would go on to become well known off the court and cement itself in pop culture history; in addition to being the shoe worn by MJ in a number of advertisements, friend and director Spike Lee centered a scene around the shoe in his 1989 film Do The Right Thing.

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Air Jordan III “Sport Blue”