Michael Jordan’s Retirement
Michael Jordan’s retirement in 1993 shocked the entire NBA world. The Chicago Bulls were coming off a three-peat of NBA titles, and Jordan had already won the Most Valuable Player award three times in his career, in addition to leading USA Basketball to a Gold Medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics.
But while the “official story” of Jordan’s retirement surrounded the recent death of his father and his desire to play baseball, the truth might’ve been something else entirely. One of the great “urban legends” of the NBA remains that then-Commissioner David Stern suspended Jordan due to debts accumulated from his notorious gambling habits.