I made this work to celebrate the 20 years of the “double nickel” game.(03/28/1995)
Remember the 1994-95 season opened with the Chicago Bulls in a new arena, the United Center.
Scottie Pippen was the team’s star now, an All-Star starter and All-NBA First Team selection who led the league in steals (2.94 spg) and also ranked among the leaders in scoring (21.4 ppg, 12th), rebounding (8.1 rpg, 23rd) and assists (5.2 apg, 23rd).
Toni Kukoc was inserted into the starting unit about 25 games into the season and averaged 15.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists for the year.
MJ, who had been toiling without much success as a minor league baseball player, realized just how much he missed basketball. So on March 18 (1995), following 18 months of miss Jordan declared, “I’m back,” rejoining the Bulls in what was certainly the most memorable return of a player in NBA history.
He was not quite the same player who had left the NBA in 1993, five games into his comeback Jordan shook off the rust and showed he truly was back.
Traveling to New York to face the rival Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Jordan was unstoppable as he erupted for 55 points on March 28, 1995. And he capped off his brilliant performance by setting up Bill Wennington for a dunk that gave Chicago a last-second victory.