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There were some troubling events that followed his third NBA Championship Jordans father James Jordan pulled over one night to take a nap on his way home and was murdered by a couple of armed robbers in North Carolina The NBA also began an investigation into allegations that Jordan had illegally bet on NBA games He was eventually cleared These events eventually caused Jordan to lose his motivation and the sense of having to prove something as a basketball player and he felt it was time to step away from the court Jordan sought a new challenge to play professional baseball He signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox He was assigned to the Birmingham Barons affiliates of the Chicago White Sox and played an outfielder position His presence in the minors grew large numbers in attendance but his batting was uncharacteristic of Jordans athletic skills In his first summer with the Barons he batted 202 with 114 strikeouts in 127 games Later in the year he batted 252 with the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League By November of 1994 the Bulls had retired his number and erected a life-size statue of him in front of the United Center On March 18 1995 Jordan announced Im back He ended his short-lived career with baseball and rejoined the Bulls near the end of the 1994-1995 regular season eventually losing to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Semifinals He didnt look like the old Michael Jordan said Orlandos Nick Anderson Jordan once again had something to prove to the world that he was still the greatest basketball player to ever play the game and that he would be even greater in the season to come Michael Jordan led the Bulls to an astonishing 72-10 record the best regular season in the history of the NBA Jordan led the league in scoring with 304 points per game
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