528 days Jordan retired for the first time not because of this

528 days Jordan retired for the first time not because of this
As the number one star in the NBA league at the time, Jordan’s first retirement was big news.Figure / Visual China Beijing News Charting / Shi Chunlei In the history of NBA, no player has had a career as magnificent as Jordan, and no one can match the ups and downs of Jordan ‘s three retirements.About the desirelessness when he retired for the second time in early 1999 and the final farewell when he retired for the third time in 2003, Jordan ‘s first retirement in 1993 was the biggest news of the year.There have been too many behind-the-scenes stories, and no one knows the details.  Beijing time this Monday, in the latest episode of Jordan’s “Last Dance”, in addition to Jordan himself, Bulls boss Reinsdorf, coach Phil Jackson, Jordan’s mother, brother, agent, personal assistantRelatives and friends also appeared one after another, recalling many important events before and after Jordan’s retirement, and for the first time fully revealed the reason for the “seismic” retirement, Jordan’s retirement life and psychological changes to return to the arena.  The outgoing father was shot to accelerate Jordan’s first retirement. On June 20, 1993, Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to defeat the Phoenix Suns 4-2 to achieve three consecutive championships.Jordan recalled in the documentary that he was sitting in the gym with his father and chatting, “I know that it may be my last game. No one except my father can really understand my feelings.”The initial Jordan said that the idea of” retiring “was born in Jordan’s mind, and his father’s unexpected death more than a month later indirectly accelerated Jordan’s retirement plan.  On July 23, 1993, James Jordan originally planned to participate in the charity event his son participated in, but no matter whether it was Jordan’s assistant, Jordan’s mother or Jordan himself, he could not always contact the old Jordan.”Sometimes my father drove to Wilmington to see my old friend. By the way, I stayed for a few days and then drove back. When my mother couldn’t contact him, we also started to worry.”Jordan recalled.  In the following three weeks, the old Jordan’s car was first found in the forest of North Carolina, and the car was looted.Until August 13, 1993, the police found the body of old Jordan in a stream.After investigation, the old Jordan parked his car on the side of the road while crossing at night. He was woken up by an 18-year-old man while dozing, and at the same time there was a shot in the top.  After attending his father ‘s memorial service, with his mother ‘s encouragement, Jordan tried to step out of the shadow of his father ‘s death. “He always inspired me. This is my father, just like a friend.”My father kept telling me to accept the negative side of things and turn it into a positive motive force, which helped me overcome the difficulties.”However, Jordan found that without his father, he was no longer motivated to play basketball.So, he found the Bulls boss and head coach Phil Jackson, “I gradually took responsibility for the Chicago Bulls and teammates, almost retired, without the desire and motivation to challenge, I don’t want to play again.On October 6, 1993, accompanied by the team owner, general manager, head coach and then NBA President David Stern, Jordan personally announced his retirement at the press conference.  ”I am a very optimistic person. I can inherit the most optimistic view that my father who passed away saw my last basketball game, which means a lot.The term retired means that from today on, I can do whatever I want, so if I want to come back to play, I can come back.I won’t close the basketball door.”Jordan said.  The transition denied the conspiracy theory and changed to playing baseball as a childhood dream. As the first person in the league to just lead the team to three consecutive championships, why did Jordan choose to leave?In addition to being influenced by the death of his father, the outside world has been trying to find a reasonable explanation, so conspiracy theories have been produced from all angles.  As early as the death of Jordan ‘s father, there was media speculation that the death of old Jordan was related to certain behaviors of Jordan himself. For example, the scoring controversy has always caused Jordan to be angry.”After standby Jordan announced his retirement, similar conspiracy theories emerged in an endless stream, and some media even claimed that the then NBA president David Stern secretly suspended Jordan.  ”It is rumored that I sent Jordan away because he was sent to sex.Absurd, there is no basis at all.I can shoot the table and say that this is defamation and a lie that defames me.Because everything is fake.”In the documentary, the then NBA president Stern (died January 1 this year) clearly denied that Jordan himself also highlighted,” I retired, not because the league kicked me out, or to meBanned for one and a half years.I need to take a break. My father just died, so I retired.”As for Jordan’s switch to professional baseball, first of all, he wanted to fulfill his childhood baseball dream, following his father’s wishes.Jordan said that before the death of his father, the two had an intimate personality, “I and he should do this, should I play baseball, I said I was considering retiring and want to play baseball.”He said, do it.”Jordan’s ideas are strongly supported by the Bulls boss Reinsdorf and he is also the holder of the MLB team’s Chicago White Sox.On February 7, 1994, after more than two months of baseball training, Jordan naturally joined the Baron Birmingham, a Chicago White Sox team, and once again became a rookie in the professional league.  “即使你是篮球史上最伟大的运动员,也并不意味着,你能在棒球领域取得成功。”面对外界的普遍质疑,乔丹在场下努力塑造棒球身材,在小联盟的比赛中也有不俗表现,代表伯明翰男爵出场的第一个赛季,他曾在开局连续13场比赛送出安打,赛季轰出50个本垒打,打击率超过20%。  猎场  I'M BACK 开启第二个3连冠  一直以来,外界盛传乔丹之所以重返NBA,是因为棒球生涯受挫。纪录片《最后一舞》的众多细节显示,乔丹的回归同样有很多隐情,并非棒球生涯不成功那么简单。  伯明翰男爵球队经理说,乔丹的打击率,连很多优秀的打手都做不到。公牛老板莱因斯多夫也表示,如果乔丹继续打棒球,有很大机会打进大联盟。1995年初,由于MLB联盟停摆,而芝加哥公牛在当赛季的表现非常挣扎,最终促成了乔丹的回归。  1995年初,MLB的罢工危机始终没有解除,联盟试图用替代球员开始新赛季。MLB联盟希望乔丹代表大联盟出战,后者表态不会参赛,随即离开了训练营。  从那以后,乔丹再也没有出现在棒球场,而是加入了公牛的内部训练。随着乔丹和公牛的训练次数越来越多,外界普遍猜测乔丹回归的日期渐近。1995年3月10日,皮蓬在比赛转播镜头中喊话,公开呼吁乔丹回归,一周之后,所有人如愿以偿。  1995年3月18日,乔丹的简短声明“I'M BACK”(我回来了)霸占了媒体头条。  1993年10月6日至1995年3月18日,从退役到宣布回归,乔丹经历了528天。  “我很紧张,因为很久没有参加职业比赛了。”再也没有父亲的陪伴,乔丹赛前眼里满含泪水。“飞人”把代表无数荣誉的23号换成了45号,那是他高中时的号码。复出首战,公牛在印第安纳输给步行者,乔丹得到19分。  重回NBA赛场,乔丹对所有事情都陌生,但他对荣誉和冠军的追求没有改变。此后3年,乔丹再度率队实现3连冠,铸就公牛王朝。  撰文/桑拿、夜网 徐邦印

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