Jordan's Return: Key Dates
Posted Oct 22 2001 1:58PM
Eleven big games for Jordan in 2001-02
The Wizards never had a rivalry with the Bulls without MJ. Now, with Jordan back in the lineup, suddenly a Washington-Chicago matchup becomes one of the most anticipated events of the 2001-02 season. Here is a look at some of the other days that MJ should have circled in red on his calendar:
Oct. 30, at New York (7:30 p.m. ET)
"The World's Most Famous Arena" will have another chapter added to its illustrious history when Jordan steps on the court again for his first regular season game in three years.
MJ gets his first shot at MVP Allen Iverson and the reigning Eastern champs.
Nov. 22, at Indiana (7 p.m. ET)
Market Square Arena was the site of many a Jordan triumph. Will he have the same luck in Conseco Fieldhouse, an arena he has yet to play in? Arch-nemesis Reggie Miller and the Pacers faithful are sure to give MJ a spirited Indiana welcome.
Dec. 1, Orlando (7 p.m. ET)
MJ faces a slew of rivals: Former Eastern nemesis Patrick Ewing, former teammate Horace Grant, the former "Next Jordan" in Grant Hill, and one of the current Next Jordans in Tracy McGrady.
Dec. 16, at Toronto (3 p.m. ET)
Jordan takes on fellow Tar Heel Vince Carter for the first time.
Dec. 19, Atlanta (7 p.m. ET)
Former Bulls third option Toni Kukoc and the vastly improved Hawks visit Jordan and the Wizards.
Jan. 4, Chicago (7 p.m. ET)
MJ plays on the same court as the Bulls without wearing red and black. There's also an interesting sidebar to this game, as the top pick in NBA Draft 2001 Kwame Brown faces the two high-schoolers selected after him, Tyson Chandler (No. 2) and Eddy Curry (No. 4).
Jan. 19, at Chicago (9 p.m. ET)
In what is sure to be an emotional night, Jordan returns to Chicago for the first time to face his former bosses (Jerry Krause and Jerry Reinsdorf), former teammate (Charles Oakley) and, most importantly, his former hometown fans.
Feb. 12, at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET)
MJ takes on his old coach when he visits Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal and the Lakers.
Feb. 27, Portland (7 p.m. ET)
Michael faces off against his former sidekick Scottie Pippen for the first time.
April 21, at Utah (9 p.m. ET)
MJ returns to the site of his 1998 Finals triumph when he visits Karl Malone, John Stockton and Bryon Russell in Utah.