On January 13, 1999, six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan announced his retirement from professional basketball for the second time.. Find out how much you know about "His Airness" with these trivia questions..
Why Did Michael Jordan Retire the First Time? MJ's first retirement was a shock to fans and players of the NBA alike: in October 1993, less than four months after leading the Chicago Bulls to their third NBA championship in a row, he announced his retirement at the ripe age of 30. Jordan had lost his father suddenly in August of 1993, and the death had a profound impact on his decision. The superstar said during his press conference announcing the retirement that the death made him "realize how short life is, how quickly things can end, how innocently." He wanted to dedicate more time to his family. But, it didn't take long for Jordan to get back into sports, although this time, it wasn't basketball.
What Baseball Team Did Michael Jordan Play For After His First Retirement? In February 1994, Jordan shocked the sports world a second time when the Chicago White Sox signed him to a minor league contract to play for the Birmingham Barons. Jordan's dad had always wanted him to be a baseball player, so Jordan decided to put his athleticism to the test by going from the hardwood to the baseball diamond. The results, however, were less than impressive. Jordan's .202 batting average and 11 errors during the season were pretty dismal. He left the Barons after the 1994 season and signed briefly with the Scottsdale Scorpions before announcing his return to the NBA with a brief, two-word press release: "I'm back."
What Did Jordan Do After His Second Retirement? Shortly following his second announced retirement on January 13, 1999, Jordan became part-owner and president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards. The team won just 19 games in his first year of ownership, pushing Jordan to make some big changes to the organization. Those changes included hiring Doug Collins as a new head coach and bringing himself out of retirement to sign as a free agent for the Wizards. Needless to say, Jordan was always full of surprises. His time with the Wizards was far less fruitful than his years with the Bulls—the team did not make the playoffs in the two seasons with Jordan on the team. He retired again—for good this time—on April 16, 2003.
What Movie Did Michael Jordan Star in 1996? That would be the classic, Space Jam. The film started off as a commercial that pitted Jordan against Bugs Bunny in a game of one-on-one, but Jordan's manager saw the potential and orchestrated a meeting with Warner Brothers who thought the concept was just the thing they needed to revive the Looney Tunes franchise. The film stars Jordan and a cast of some of the NBA's top talent at the time, including Bulls teammates Scottie Pippen, Luc Longley, and Bill Wellington, and other greats like Charles Barkley, Mugsy Bogues, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, and Larry Johnson.