Back in 1999, enjoying his early retirement, Michael Jordan decided to visit the Chicago Bulls training facility. To the surprise of many, His Airness was challenged to a one-on-one duel by young guard Corey Benjamin. MJ was undoubtedly the best player in the world at the time, winning the last three championships in a row.
Jordan accepted the challenge and relentlessly abused the youngster, scoring on him with ease and talking all kinds of trash along the way. At one point, MJ told Benjamin exactly what he was going to do. “I’m going right back over there. C’mon, follow me. ... You reach, I teach.”
It must have been a dream come true for Corey to challenge his idol, although he probably didn't hope to unleash the GOAT in MJ. This video goes to show you that you shouldn't question the GOAT — and Corey Benjamin learned it the hard way.
I wish there were more gems like this out there. Enjoy.
There are a few reasons why MJ decided to retire back in 1999. It was primarily because of Phil Jackson's contract expiring and the pending departures of Pippen and Rodman looming and being in the latter stages of an owner-induced lockout of NBA players.
Then on January 19, 2000, Jordan returned to the NBA not as a player, but as part-owner and President of Basketball Operations for the Washington Wizards. Jordan's responsibilities with the Wizards were comprehensive. He controlled all aspects of the Wizards' basketball operations and had the final say in all personnel matters.
Opinions of Jordan as a basketball executive were mixed. He made several controversial moves, e.g. he managed to purge the team of several highly paid, unpopular players (such as forward Juwan Howard and point guard Rod Strickland), but used the first pick in the 2001 NBA draft to select high schooler Kwame Brown, who never lived up to expectations and was traded away after four seasons.
Although his January 1999 claim that he was "99.9% certain" that he would never play another NBA game, in the summer of 2001 Jordan expressed interest in making another comeback, this time with his new team.