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Old 04-29-2007, 02:00 PM   #1
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Anyone know why the Miami Heat organization have a retired Jordan #23 Bulls jersey hanging in their home arena?

I don't recall Jordan having his jersey retired by any other team outside of Chicago (and now Miami). When did this happen? :
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Old 04-29-2007, 02:04 PM   #2
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http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/bas...eat_jordan_ap/

MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Heat retired Michael Jordan's No. 23 jersey before his final game at the team's arena on Friday night.

The jersey -- half red for the Chicago Bulls and half blue for the Washington Wizards -- was hung from the rafters, and Miami coach Pat Riley said no Heat player will wear the number again.

"In honor of your greatness and for all you've done for the game of basketball -- and not just the NBA, but for all the fans around the world -- we want to honor you tonight and hang your jersey, No. 23, from the rafters," Riley said at midcourt. "No one will ever wear No. 23 for the Miami Heat. You're the best." Jordan then hugged Riley and waved to the crowd.

It was the first jersey the Heat have retired in their 15-year history.

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Wow. Talk about a sad franchise.
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Old 04-29-2007, 02:06 PM   #3
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Yea I was a little suprised when it happened. Its come up a few times here when people asked if Shaq would get his number retired there. They retired a guy who owned them the last time they were contenders. You know they retire like half the key players from last years Heat team. Shaq, Wade, and Zo at least.
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Old 04-29-2007, 02:06 PM   #4
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Default Re: Miami Heat retired Jordan's #23 jersey?

In less than 10 years Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning's Jersey will be retire their.
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Old 04-29-2007, 02:06 PM   #5
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Default Re: Miami Heat retired Jordan's #23 jersey?

It took you 4 minutes to look it up. Why make a thread asking about it?
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Old 04-29-2007, 02:08 PM   #6
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Yea I was a little suprised when it happened. Its come up a few times here when people asked if Shaq would get his number retired there. They retired a guy who owned them the last time they were contenders. You know they retire like half the key players from last years Heat team. Shaq, Wade, and Zo at least.

No kidding. Apparently they also retired Dan Marino's #13 jersey as well.

The sad thing is that NO Miami Heat player can ever wear #13 and #23 because the organization retired both numbers.
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Old 04-29-2007, 02:10 PM   #7
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It took you 4 minutes to look it up. Why make a thread asking about it?

It actually took me less than 1 minute to look it up. The other 3 minutes I spent laughing @ the Miami Heat organization before posting it.
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Old 04-29-2007, 02:14 PM   #8
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WOW!!! That's the craziest thing I've ever heard of in the NBA.
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Old 04-29-2007, 03:01 PM   #9
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every team should to prevent wannabes like lebron from tarnishing his #. MJ brought the NBA to the rest of the world. he is the best athlete in the history of man.
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Old 04-29-2007, 03:39 PM   #10
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every team should to prevent wannabes like lebron from tarnishing his #. MJ brought the NBA to the rest of the world. he is the best athlete in the history of man.

You obviously have the brain the size of a termite. Bird and Magic saved the NBA, a dying league in the early 80's, from going under.
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Old 04-29-2007, 03:40 PM   #11
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I was actually thinking how pathetic that was when they mentioned it during today's broadcast. They should take that idiocy down from the rafters with a big "my bad".
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Old 04-29-2007, 03:43 PM   #12
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Stupid reason if you ask me, the NBA shoudn't allow it.
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:15 PM   #13
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I don't get why they did it, MJ isn't a cultural icon like Jackie Robinson, he was just a really great basketball player and business man. If young kids can wear Birds' 33 and Magic's 32, then MJ's 23 should also be in play.
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:17 PM   #14
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Riles really goofed that. Every I step in the American Airlines Arena in my seasonal packaged seats and see that in that rafters it pissses me off, and I love Jordan...

But the respect factor is high with Riley I guess...

He's also retired Marino's number 13...
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:25 PM   #15
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Heat should also retire Chamberlain's 13, Rusell's 6, and so on.
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