How Many Times Did Michael Jordan Retire From NBA? What All He’s Done Post Retirement?

Published 11/01/2020, 7:00 PM EST
Michael Jordan during 2006 Jordan All-American Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)


Talking about Michael Jordan, he is regarded as the greatest player of all time by most fans. Jordan had a terrific career in the NBA and won six NBA Championships.

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However, during his career MJ retired multiple times and could have won more rings, if it weren’t for that. But how many times did Michael Jordan retire in his fabulous career? Today, we will have a look at Michael Jordan’s multiple retirements during his career.

How many times did Michael Jordan retire?

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MJ retired for a total of three times in his NBA career. Jordan’s first retirement came after the 1993 season, when he completed his first three-peat with the Chicago Bulls. However, during this time, MJ’s father was murdered which left him broke. As a result, he took time away from the league and played minor league baseball till 1995.

When Jordan returned he was out of shape, but within a season regained his form and won three back to back championships. Following this second three-peat, the then General Manager Jerry Krause decided to blow up the team. This led to MJ retiring from the league in 1998 for the second time in his career.

Most people were assured that this was the last time they will ever see MJ on the court. But Michael surprised the world, when he returned as a 38-year-old to play with the Washington Wizards. However, this stint was subpar for “His Airness” as he didn’t even make the playoffs. Finally, MJ decided to hang his sneakers for good in 2003 as a 40-year-old.

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What has Michael Jordan done since retiring?

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 12: In this handout image provided by Jordan Brand, Michael Jordan paid a visit to Palais 23 this afternoon on Friday June 12, Joined by his frequent partners-in-design Tinker Hatfield and Mark Smith, key figures in the 30-year evolution of the Air Jordan, Jordan has returned to Paris to mark the 30th anniversary of 1985’s Air Jordan One. Palais 23 is a spectacular tribute to the shoes, moments, designs and artifacts that have shaped the 30-year evolution of the Air Jordan. (Photo by Jordan Brand via Getty Images)

After he left the basketball floor for good in 2003, Jordan has been still involved with the game of basketball. MJ bought the Charlotte Hornets back in 2010 and runs the team. But unlike his decorated career, Jordan has been relatively quiet as an owner. The Hornets are a bottom feeder team and are now under rebuild since Kemba Walker’s departure.

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Apart from being a team, the Hall Of Famer has established himself as the richest athlete in the world. He has invested in several businesses and earns a load of money from his separate shoe brand under Nike. According to Forbes, MJ is worth $1.6 Billion in the year 2020 and the number will continue to pile on.

Most recently, ESPN launched a documentary on Michael Jordan’s career with the Chicago Bulls labeled “The Last Dance.” It was a masterpiece and gave fans a sneak peek of MJ’s career a close look.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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