A BALLPLAYER, unlike an artist, cannot continue refining his art until the end of his life, and Jordan knew when the time had come to recognize that he had written the right ending for his career. He is going out at the top of his game, a champion who has nothing left to prove.
HE IS arguably the world's most famous person, and not only famous but admired - a figure whose selling power extends far beyond sports. But his decision to leave the Chicago Bulls, who have pretty much owned the NBA championship in this decade, hardly came as a surprise. He'd said he didn't wish to play for any coach other than Phil Jackson, who has left the Bulls. And he can afford (at well over $70 million a year in salary and endorsements, boy, can he afford) to leave while still on top, making a dignified exit.
The Washington Post
THERE ARE no other Michael Jordans. This is an athlete whose thoughtful approach to fame offers the best guidance on what professional sports in general ought to be looking for. As Jordan so aptly demonstrated again Wednesday, the many aspirants to the throne of "His Airness" need to understand that it takes more than slam dunks to inspire lasting fan loyalty and admiration.
JORDAN BECAME a potent symbol of sports merchandising. He rescued pro basketball from the doldrums and came to symbolize American culture that encircles the world.
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