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Michael Jordan has earned tens of millions of dollars and has achieved every professional goal he set out to accomplish. How cynical have we become as a society that we cannot accept at face value this man's simple explanation that he no longer wants to spend nine months of the year away from his family and the comforts of his home?
When perhaps the greatest talent in the history of team sports walked away from the game, SI's responsibility to its readers was to acknowledge his immeasurable gifts to basketball. Your article fell short of Jordan's own standards of excellence.
Jordan may be physically worn from the grind of basketball. His competitiveness drove him to play at 150% most of his career. Eventually his body was going to start to burn out. Just look at what Jordan did during the past year and a half: He won a second world championship with the Bulls in June 1992 and then went to Barcelona to win a gold medal in August. A couple of months after that he was back in Chicago driving for a third NBA title. The man needs a break. Instead of crying because he quit, I'll cherish the memories of watching him play.
I had planned to go to a Bulls game this year and see firsthand the greatest athlete of all time, but unfortunately, now I won't be able to. I will have to settle for watching him on videotapes. Here's hoping Jordan will change his mind so that a few more people can appreciate his unbelievable talent.
I am sick and tired of all the hoopla the press is making over the retirement of Michael Jordan. You act as if he were a kind of god; he is just a man who plays a game. In the grand scheme of world events, Jordan's retirement is utterly unimportant.
The almost automatic field goal detracts from the game, and steps should be taken to make it more difficult to score three points. I suggest moving the hash marks closer to the sidelines, the way they used to be, making the chip shot more difficult.
Make a field goal worth just two points.