“Once Michael gets up there he says, ‘Well, maybe I’ll just hang up here in the air for a while, just sit back.’ Then all of a sudden, he says, ‘Well, maybe I’ll 360. No I changed my mind. I’ll go up on the other side.’ He’s just incredible.”

--Magic Johnson, referring to the aerial artistry performed by Michael Jordan

“I can’t believe he hit that shot. I don’t know how he stayed in the air that long.”
--Cleveland’s Brad Daughtery, on Michael Jordan and “The Shot” to propel Chicago to victory in Game 5 of the 1989 Eastern Conference First Round between the Bulls and the Cavs

“That play was ‘Give the ball to Michael and everyone else get the @##@#% out of the way.”
--Chicago Bulls head coach Doug Collins, on “The Shot”

“I think he’s God disguised as Michael Jordan.”
--Boston's Larry Bird, on Michael Jordan after he scored 63 points against the Celtics in Game 2 of the 1986 Eastern Conferece First Round

“It wasn’t even one of my best creative shots.”
--Michael Jordan, on his soaring, midair, change-of-direction layup against the L.A. Lakers in Game 2 of the 1991 NBA Finals.

“You don’t hesitate with Michael, or you’ll end up on some poster in a gift shop someplace.”
--Felton Spencer, on Michael Jordan

“The Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan’s three-point explosion in Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals against Portland is easily one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen. As he made his sixth straight, he winked directly at (broadcast partner) Mike (Fratello) and me and held his palms up in a shrug, as if to say, ‘What can I do?’”
--Marv Albert

“I’ve reached the pinnacle of my career. I just feel that I don’t have anything else to prove.”
--Michael Jordan, announcing on October 6, 1993 his retirement from the Chicago Bulls

“I’m back.”
--Michael Jordan, announcing on March 18, 1995 his return to the Chicago Bulls

“This is a day that I had hoped would never come. It has to be the toughest day in the history of the Chicago Bulls. It's a tough day for Chicago.”
--Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, on Michael Jordan's retirement, January 13, 1999

“I'm retired 99.9%. Of course, there always is that .1%.”
--Michael Jordan, February 18, 1999