In the November 13, 1995 issue of Sports Illustrated, Alexander Wolff told the story of Michael Jordan’s return to the NBA after his 21-month absence to play minor league baseball. Jordan’s return to the league came against the New York Knicks, twenty years ago this month, in March of 1995.
On March 27 of this year, on a Monday afternoon flush with the balm of spring, Michael Jordan arrived in Manhattan and checked into the Plaza Hotel. That evening he and four companions, including NBC commentator Ahmad Rashad, met for dinner downtown at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Grill. These were old friends, determined to liberate Jordan from the prison of his hotel room–to “keep it regular,” as Rashad says. The game that Jordan and his Chicago Bulls were to play the next night against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden was only indirectly alluded to, but throughout the evening Rashad sensed something about Jordan–sensed that Jordan knew that if he had something to say, New York was the place to say it.
When Jordan returned to the hotel after midnight, CBS’s Pat O’Brien was waiting for a previously scheduled interview. Jordan had stood him up for more than three hours, but O’Brien had spent that time well, drawing up the most prescient of questions. “When will fans see an explosion,” he asked, “the kind of game in which you score 55 points?”
“It’s just a matter of time,” said Jordan.
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