It’s Been 20 Years: Michael Jordan says, “I’m back.”

Photograph of Michael Jordan, on the cover of Sports Illustrated, highlighting the game on March 19, 1995 when the Bulls played the Indiana Pacers.What if Michael Jordan announced that he was coming out of retirement to join a NBA team?

Would a simple Tweet, with the words: “I’m back.”, be as impactful today as they were, say, 20-years ago?

In this day and age of the 24/7 news cycle that exists with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat and the NKOTB Meerkat, maybe, just maybe, MJ would have taken to Meerkat and held his own press conference minus the networks and all the hoopla of having to get dressed up.

He could have rolled out of bed, grabbed himself a fresh cup of Café Bustelo, wiped the sleep out of his eyes, picked up his iPhone and started streaming his press conference.

Well, let’s flashback to 1995, when the NBA was trying to figure out it’s ‘next move’ and the defending Champions, the Houston Rockets, were riding high with the Dream Shake.

Then, on Saturday, March 18, 1995,  through his personal attorney and business manager, MJ issued the following statement:


Photograph of Michael Jordan announcement of  him returning to the NBA in 1995.Needless to say, we know that the next day, MJ went on to play the Reggie Miller-led Indiana Pacers and scored 19 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, dished 6 assists and stole the ball 3 times.

Not bad for a guy had recently turned 31-years-old and hadn’t played in the NBA for 18 months.