August 15, 1994
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Driving here from the airport yesterday afternoon, I thought about all of the television trucks, with their miles of black cables, descending on Tim McCarver Stadium and preparing for a national broadcast of a minor-league baseball game: the Memphis Chicks vs. the Birmingham Barons.The major-league players strike was little more than 48 hours old, but television, eager to fill valleys of air time, had found its Mr. Clutch.Michael Jordan spent a career bailing out the Chicago Bulls, and yesterday he was going to bail out network baseball.
December 6, 1993
Standing at the counter in the convenience store, I noticed a stack of magazines near my elbow. Michael Jordan's picture was on the cover. It appeared to be a special commemorative edition, hailing his great career.As I left, I paused to look at the magazine rack. There was another Jordan cover. I didn't examine it but I assume it raised the question of whether civilization would survive without him.Later that day, I was going through the paper when I saw his picture in the business section, accompanying a story about his plans to join a business that will start family golf centers.
January 28, 2001
Pro basketball hasn't been the same since he left. It has become the province of erratic and overpaid 19-year-olds, spoiled turnover machines who can't shoot, can't play defense, can't get along with teammates and coaches. Or maybe it just seems that way because he's gone, leaving a gap no one could possibly fill. With a lament like that we could only be talking about Michael Jordan, which may explain why "Michael Jordan to the Max" has been a box-office hit at IMAX theaters around the country.
November 29, 1992
At night, when he is asleep, Michael Jordan dreams. And th dreams are not always sweet ones. Sometimes they are nightmares.You would think Michael Jordan would have no nightmares in his life. He is the best and the most famous basketball player in the world. And he is rewarded for this with an income that is truly staggering.But some nights he dreams about becoming an alcoholic and losing it all. He dreams that all the wealth, all the fame, all the adoration will be gone.Here is Jordan talking to columnist Bob Greene in Greene's new book, "Hang Time":"What would I do?"
January 12, 1999
NEW YORK -- Michael Jordan, basketball's pre-eminent player and the world's best-known athlete, will retire from the NBA for the second time in five years, according to three officials in the NBA with knowledge of Jordan's plans. They said last night they expected the Chicago Bulls star to make an announcement tomorrow at a news conference in Chicago.Jordan's retirement also was reported last night by the Associated Press, USA Today and Denver Post.Jordan's future has been the biggest issue in basketball in the wake of the bitter labor dispute that ended last week after an impasse that lasted six months and wiped out the early part of the season.
September 10, 1997
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Nike Inc. and basketball star Michael Jordan yesterday announced a new line of basketball shoes and sportswear to be made and sold by Nike under the "Jordan" brand name.The first Jordan products are expected to be on store shelves Nov. 1, in time for the holiday selling season.The line, which will include the current Air Jordan brand, is expected to generate more than $300 million in revenue in fiscal 1998, analysts said.The move allows Nike, the world's largest maker of athletic shoes and sportswear, to gain even more of the basketball-shoe market through another brand, analysts said.