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Jordan’s “I’m Back” Fax Set the World on Fire 20 Years Ago

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20 years ago Jordan made a huge media splash by just saying two words – “I’m back.” Even more important was how they were said…Via Fax. In our instantaneous world of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook this looks and sounds prehistoric. This led the way for one of the most spectacular sports stories in recent history. After his return Jordan had to wear 45 for the next 22 games, as he decided to retire his number 23. But after Nick Anderson of the Orlando Magic stole the ball from Jordan (which ultimately lead to a Bulls lose) in Game 1 of the 1995 East Conference Final with 10 seconds left, Anderson told the press “Number 45 is not number 23,I couldn’t have done that to number 23.” Apparently Jordan agreed, and did his best Clark Kent/Superman impression when he removed his warm-ups just before the start of Game 2 to reveal “the 23.” MJ dropped 38 points that game and even though the Bulls lost the series MJ went on to average 31 ppg. 3 more titles later and the rest is well…history.

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