On this date in 1993, Michael Jordan announced his retirement from the NBA. Well, his first retirement, anyway. The league's biggest star shocked the world when he called a press conference to announce that he was stepping away from the game and he would later disclose that it was largely shaped by the tragic murder of his father than summer. James R. Jordan Sr. always envisioned his son as a Major League Baseball player and months later, MJ would ink a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox. Of course, Jordan didn't quite flourish in baseball and his time away from the hardwood proved to be short-lived as he returned to the Bulls in the 1994/95 season.
If you have a great blog piece that you think we should feature in Hoops Links, then send it to me at HoopsLinks@gmail.com. Here's this week's look around the blogosphere..
- Rufus On Fire remembers Kwame Brown's comeback in Charlotte.
- Pounding The Rock wonders if DeJuan Blair can put the distractions aside this season.
- Bright Side Of The Sun is ready for some rebuilding.
- Wages Of Wins thinks that the Nuggets will be strong if they go with the right rotation.
- The NBA Geek sees a big step forward for the T'Wolves this year.
- Stepien Rules looks at Dion Waiters' chances at a Rookie of the Year bid.
- The Basketball Post previews the 2012/13 NCAA season.
- The NBA Mistress sees Andre Iguodala as a defensive difference-maker for Denver.
- Smooth's Hoops, meanwhile, doesn't like the Iguodala deal for the Nuggets.
- Hardwood Paroxysm talks San Diego Clippers basketball.
- NBA 24 7 365 breaks down the Celtics' exhibition against Fenerbahce Ulker.
- SBNation brings us the story of SlamBall.
- Raptors Republic wants to see some trades in Toronto.
- Hoops Addict believes that the Nets will need defense to win this year.
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