Michael Jordan announced his retirement at a press conference last January 13. “Being a parent is very challenging,” he said. “I welcome that challenge and I look forward to it.”
JANUARY 20: Plays golf with Charles Barkley at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in La Quinta, California.
JANUARY 29: Jets to Washington, D.C., where he announces a $5 million grant program for teachers and speaks to middle school students.
FEBRUARY 28: Catches the Lakers-Rockets game in LA.
MARCH 4: Sits front row at a Chris Rock concert in Phoenix.
MARCH 6: Goes nightclubbing in Scottsdale.
MARCH 16: Golfs with Arnold Palmer in Orlando.
MARCH 19: Smokes cigars in New York with the head of the New Arena Committee of Charlotte, North Carolina.
APRIL 1: Vacations in the Bahamas.
APRIL 9: Watches New York play Detroit from a suite in Yankee Stadium.
MAY 25: Golfs at Royal Doronch during a ten-day excursion in Scotland.
JUNE 3: Arrives in California with wife, Juanita, for photo shoot for ad campaign for new cologne, Jordan by Michael.
JUNE 5: Attends the Reggie Johnson-Roy Jones Jr. fight in Biloxi.
JULY 13: Gives 500 kids tips at a sports clinic in West London, England.
SEPTEMBER 2: Arrives in Las Vegas to run a four-day coaches clinic.
SEPTEMBER 18: Plays in former teammate Trent Tucker’s charity golf tournament in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
SEPTEMBER 19: Attends Vikings-Raiders football game in Minneapolis.
SEPTEMBER 21: Arrives in Boston for Ryder Cup. He’s rented a house for the week.
SEPTEMBER 24: Fan at 13th hole complains that Jordan’s blocking his view. Jordan ducks.
SEPTEMBER 26: Watches American Ryder Cup team prevail over Europeans while standing at 16th hole with Prince Andrew.
NOVEMBER 6: Visiting Atlanta for a golf tournament, watches Bulls fall to Hawks.
NOVEMBER 8: Attends Knicks-Bucks game at Madison Square Garden.
DECEMBER 2: Hailed at Sports Illustrated’s 20th Century Sports Award extravaganza at Madison Square Garden.
DECEMBER 12: Drops in on sports apparel stores in an LA mall to see how his new Air Jordans are selling.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Terry Laban.