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Legendary Moments in NBA History: Michael Jordan retires from NBA for second time

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On January 13, 1999, Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan announced his retirement from the NBA for the second time during his 15-year career.

Jordan said had he lost the desire to play at such a high level and was “99.9 percent” confident he wouldn’t return to the league.

One year later, Jordan returned to the NBA as part owner and President of Basketball Operations for the Washington Wizards. After a season in this role, Jordan signed with the Wizards as a free agent on September 25, 2001. He played two seasons in Washington with averages of 21.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

Jordan retired for a third, and final, time on April 16, 2003, with one of the most impressive resumes in league history — six-time NBA champion, six-time NBA Finals MVP, five-time NBA MVP, 14-time All-Star, 10-time scoring champ and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

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