Pippen on Twitter: Thought Jordan 'was done' for good 20 years ago

On the 20th anniversary of Michael Jordan announcing his return to the Chicago Bulls, Scottie Pippen took to Twitter to give a little insight and background on the moment that changed the NBA's future:

For some background ...

• "Berto" refers to the Berto Center, the Bulls' former practice facility in Deerfield, Illinois.

• Hue Hollins is the man who made this controversial call in Game 5 of the 1994 Eastern Conference semifinals, which the New York Knicks ultimately won 4-3.

• Jordan said he switched from 23 because that was the last number his late father had seen him play in. After wearing 45, long a favorite number of his, for the Double-A Birmingham Barons, Jordan carried that into his return ... only to switch back to his original within two months and break NBA rules in the process).

• Speaking of the Birmingham Barons, Jordan didn't exactly tear it up with the Chicago White Sox affiliate (.202 average, .289 on-base percentage, .266 slugging, three home runs). But hey, that's better than we could do.

• The "double-nickel game" was Jordan's fifth back in a Bulls uniform and first against the Knicks. He scored 55 points in a 113-111 win at Madison Square Garden.

• The Bulls lost 4-2 in the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals to the Shaquille O'Neal- and Anfernee Hardaway-led Orlando Magic, who ended up falling in the NBA Finals as the sixth-seeded Houston Rockets won their second straight title.

• Jordan apparently did take that loss hard; the Bulls proceeded to eviscerate the rest of the league, winning an NBA-record 72 games the following season and keeping Karl Malone, John Stockton, Reggie Miller, Shawn Kemp, Patrick Ewing and others from ever winning titles.

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