PHILADELPHIA, April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, April 8th, 2016 Mitchell & Ness as part of their ongoing partnership with Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand, will release Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls number 45 home jersey. Retailing at $300, the release celebrates the return of Jordan to the United Center in 1995, wearing the number he also wore while playing for minor league baseball team the Birmingham Barons. Jordan would go on to wear the number 45 for 22 games until game two of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semi-finals. Jordan was fined $25K per game for a total of $100K that he did not in fact wear the number 45 during the remainder of the 1994-95 season.
Jonathan Yuska, Head of Mitchell & Ness, comments, "Michael Jordan's return to the United Center in Chicago on March 24, 1995 is a proud moment for Chicago Bulls fans. We hope this release has the same impact on basketball fans worldwide as the red away #45 jersey did in 2015. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to produce such an iconic jersey to commemorate a historic moment for fans of the game."
On March 24, 1995, Michael Jordan returned to the United Center for his first home game in nearly two years against the Orlando Magic, who took the victory 106-99. Jordan recorded 21pts, 8asts, 4rebs, 5stls, and 2blks in his third game overall back to the NBA. The majority of his offensive plays involved driving to the basket versus shooting jump shots from near the perimeter. During his postgame press conference he mentioned that he was still working on getting his rhythm together as well as getting accustomed to playing high minutes again.
The story of the number 45 lies in the fact that this was Jordan's high school basketball and baseball jersey number until he began playing varsity with his older brother, Larry, who donned the same digits. He then decided to take half of the number and round up to what would become the most legendary basketball number (23) in the history of the sport of basketball. Here's a quote from Jordan regarding his admiration for his older brother's basketball skills and jumping ability:
"When you say 'Air Jordan,' I'm number two, he's one." – Michael Jordan, 1987
Availability: www.nbastore.com + the NBA store at 545 5th Avenue in NYC, the Mitchell & Ness Flagship Store in Philadelphia, the Charlotte Hornets Team Store at the Time Warner Cable Arena, the Chicago Bulls Team Store at the United Center, nbastore.eu, and nbastore.com.cn.
Mitchell & Ness is the exclusive jersey producer of NBA Icon Michael Jordan from the Spring 2014 through the Fall | Holiday 2016 seasons. Mitchell & Ness has chosen a select series to celebrate key anniversaries of signature, career-defining MJ moments, and the 1991 NBA All-Star Game is a highlighted moment in MJ's career.
About Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co.
Founded as a golf and tennis company in 1904, Mitchell & Ness Sporting Goods provided on-field uniforms to the Philadelphia Eagles, Athletics, and Phillies as early as 1933. The Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company was created in the 1980's based on the idea to resurrect authentic jerseys significant to sports history. As the pioneer in this field, Mitchell & Ness is known worldwide for its authentic classic jerseys. The company holds licenses from the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and NCAA to produce premium apparel and headwear. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, Mitchell & Ness has been "Defining Authentic" for over 100 years. For more information on Mitchell & Ness, visit www.mitchellandness.com.
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