Retro 12 (Grey suede). We only have a size 7.5, 8, 10, 10.5, 14 left. They released in stores in November. A very clean colorway that matches with everything. Go to our SHOES page to order.
Bulls tried to trade Pippen for McGrady, but Jordan said NO. Tracy McGrady was drafted by the Toronto Raptors in 1997. A few days before the draft Bulls management had a secret meeting with McGrady. Their plan was to trade Pippen to Toronto, but Michael wasn't okay with that. He wasn't going to have his 'brother' traded away for some high school kid, so the deal never happened. Click to watch McGrady tell the story.
In September 1984 the Bulls signed Michael Jordan to a 7-year deal for only $6 million. That's less than $1 million per year! Compare that to the insane money NBA players are getting today. After a few years, the Bulls organization restructured MJ's contract and gave him more money, but it was still peanuts compared to what players are getting now.
How MJ ended up playing baseball. It was 1993 and the Bulls had just won their third straight championship. MJ was exhausted and out of challenges. He felt he had nothing else to prove on the court. His father had tried to get MJ to retire in 1991 after the first championship, so he could give baseball a shot. Then out of nowhere in July 1993 MJ's father was murdered. His body was found floating in a creek in South Carolina after being shot. His red Lexus with license plate "UNC0023" was completely stripped and found in the woods near Fayetteville, N.C. It was an easy decision for MJ. Retire from the NBA, and make an attempt at baseball to honor his father's wish.
Luckily, Jerry Reinsdorf, the owner of the Bulls, also owns the Chicago White Sox. The Birmingham Barons were a double-A affiliate of the Sox, so MJ made a deal with Reinsdorf to play for the Barons. Fortunately for NBA fans the MLB went on strike in August 1994. With nothing to do because of the baseball lockout MJ decided to visit the Bulls practice facility in Deerfield, IL to see his old teammates (Scottie Pippen & B.J. Armstrong). Phil Jackson let MJ participate in practices for a few weeks and that's when the desire to play the game emerged. Then on March 18, 1995 MJ sent a two-word fax to the media: "I'm back." The rest is history.