Despite G.O.A.T. Status, Michael Jordan’s NBA Career Still a Tale of ‘What If’

January 13th, 2016 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, Michael Jordan retired from the NBA for a second time.

That we have to say "a second time" should incite some level of curiosity. But seldom, if ever, does Jordan's NBA career trigger "what if" questions—implications of unfinished business or untapped potential.

Maybe that's because he, despite walking away from the game twice in his prime, collected six titles. Or perhaps it's because each of the first two times he retired, Jordan quit as a champion at the back end of a three-peat.

Or maybe it's because his resume, even with two separate sabbaticals, is good enough to dominate the greatest-of-all-time discussion. And, to that point, what good can possibly come from harping on the unknown?

"I played it to the best that I could play it," Jordan said at his retirement press conference in 1999, per, "I tried to enhance the game itself. I've tried to be the best basketball player that I could be."

Nothing could be truer almost two decades later. Yet, as the 17th anniversary of Jordan's second retirement comes to pass, it's silly to ignore the context of his sud ...

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