Michael Jordan’s Comeback Game 29 Years Ago Today, Was The Most Watched Regular Season Game Ever


29 years ago today, on March 19, 1995, the sports world stood still as Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, stepped back onto the court after a 17-month hiatus. His return wasn’t just a mere comeback; it was an event that transcended sports, marking the most-watched regular-season game in NBA history.

Jordan’s first retirement in 1993 sent shockwaves through the basketball community. After leading the Chicago Bulls to three consecutive championships, his sudden departure to pursue a career in baseball left fans and players alike in disbelief. However, the allure of the hardwood proved too strong for Jordan, and the NBA welcomed back its prodigal son with open arms.

The anticipation built up to a crescendo when Jordan announced his return with two simple, yet powerful words: “I’m back.” The excitement was palpable, and the buildup to his first game back against the Indiana Pacers was nothing short of electric. Fans across the globe tuned in, eager to witness the return of the king of basketball.

Wearing the number 45, instead of his iconic 23, Jordan’s return game may not have been his most statistically impressive—scoring 19 points on 7-of-28 shooting—but the impact was monumental. It was a symbolic moment that not only revitalized the Chicago Bulls but also reinvigorated the entire league. The Bulls, energized by Jordan’s presence, went on to finish the season strong, setting the stage for their second three-peat from 1996 to 1998.


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