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37. Jordan's First Retirement

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Amid reports of excessive gambling on golf and the murder of his father less than two months after winning his third NBA title, Jordan announced his retirement from the NBA at age 30 on Oct. 6, 1993. "When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it's time for me to move away from the game of basketball," Jordan said that day.