The faxing of documents has become a thing of the past in today’s business transactions — options like email, Dropbox and Google Docs have become the new way of sharing important and timely information from one party to another.
But 22 years ago, Michael Jordan faxed the most awaited message for NBA fans around the world, simply saying, “I’m back.”
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Jordan’s first retirement in 1993 came due to the emotional tear from his father’s death, who was robbed and murdered at a highway rest area in his native North Carolina. Following a brief minor league baseball stint and freshly motivated by a second-round exit from the previous season, he un-retired with the words commissioner David Stern had been waiting to hear all year long.
The Chicago Bulls swingman would go on his second three-peat campaign, playing all 82 games in 1995-96 and the next two seasons — symbolic of his maniacally-competitive nature.
His Airness averaged a cool 29.6 points per game and won three titles in three seasons throughout his second stint in the NBA before retiring again on Jan. 13, 1999 in light of the looming departures of Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, along with the expiring contract of head coach and guru Phil Jackson.