"I'm Back"

The two little words Bulls fans will never forget... 

 

Today marks the 15 year anniversary of Michael Jordan suiting up and returning to the NBA from his first retirement. Fresh off a minor league baseball stint with a few Chicago White Sox farm system teams, Jordan laced them up for one more go around with the Bulls half way through the ’94-’95 season. Wearing his new #45 jersey (his #23 jersey was retired by the team promptly after stepping away from the game in '93), Jordan would lead the Bulls to a 13-4 record to close out the remaining 17 games of the season and average just under 27 points per game (PPG), over 6 rebounds per game (RPG) and 5 assists per game (APG) over that span.

 

With Jordan’s help, the Bulls were able to turn a mediocre season around and advance into the NBA playoffs. The first round would be a cake walk for the Bulls, defeating a Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues lead Charlotte Hornets team in 4 games. Jordan took his scoring to a higher level in the first playoff series, averaging over 32 PPG, over 6 RPG and just under 6 APG. Unfortunately, the Bulls second round matchup against the Anfernee Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal lead Orlando Magic would end in 6 games. Jordan’s offensive production dipped in the series averaging 31 PPG, 6.5 RPG and under 4 APG.

 

Jordan would use the early departure from the ’95 playoffs to fuel a back to back to back Championship run with the Bulls the following 3 seasons…

 

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