On this day 16 years ago, Michael Jordan played his last NBA game originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com
Sixteen years ago Tuesday, Michael Jordan played his last game in the NBA.
In that game Jordan had 15 points, four rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes of play for the Washington Wizards in a 107-87 road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. On the other side of the ball, Allen Iverson led the Sixers in scoring with 35 points.
Jordan said after the game that it was time for a new chapter in his life and that he always had appreciated the game of basketball.
"It's time to move on, it's easier to accept that because physically I know it and feel it," Jordan told reporters. "I never, never took the game for granted. I was very true to the game and the game was very true to me. It was just that simple."
Jordan finished his career with the third highest point total in NBA history with 32,292 points, trailing only Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Karl Malone.
After retiring following a storied career in Chicago, Jordan signed on as President of Basketball Operations for the Wizards in 2000. But in 2001, he grew restless - according to the Chicago Tribune, he started working out to get in shape after gaining weight.
Then, according to the Tribune, he started playing pickup games - and then came the comeback.
"I am happy to welcome Michael Jordan, the player, back to the NBA, although, as commissioner I am sorry to lose him in the board room," NBA commissioner David Stern said at the time. "Michael has always brought joy to basketball fans around the world, and, in these difficult times we can all use a little more joy in our lives."
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