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Flashback #22: Jordan: ‘I’m Back’ (1995)

Michael Jordan drives past Rik Smits during the NBA game at Market Square Arena on March 19, 1995.  (Photo By Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Michael Jordan drives past Rik Smits during the NBA game at Market Square Arena on March 19, 1995. (Photo By Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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As of 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary on January 3rd, the station has begun to reveal (in chronological order) the Top 100 Chicago Sports Stories that have occurred since they first went on the air 20 years ago. Once all 100 of these “flashbacks” have been revealed, fans will be able to vote for which stories they believe are the most significant in the 20 year history of The Score. To see all of the Flashbacks that The Score has posted so far, please visit 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary page.

March 18, 1995 – Jordan: ‘I’m Back’

On March 18, 1995, Bulls fans heard the two words they had been waiting a season and a half for.

Michael Jordan had announced his return to the NBA with a simple, two-word press release stating, “I’m back.”

Without Jordan during the 1994-95 season, the Bulls had amassed a 34-31 record, but his presence on the team was gladly welcomed. He started the very next day — donning No. 45, his baseball number — against the Indiana Pacers, making 7-of-28 shots for 19 points, six assists, three steals and three turnovers.

The Bulls lost in Jordan’s return to the league, but finished the season 47-35, ultimately losing the in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals to the Orlando Magic.

In 17 games during the regular season, Jordan averaged 26.9 points, 5.3 assists and1.8 steals per game

The Score will continue to release a new Flashback each weekday until they reach 100. Check back tomorrow for a new one, or check out all of the previous Flashbacks: 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary »