2001-2002 After retiring as a professional player in 1999, Michael Jordan became the President of Basketball Operations with the Wizards, also a minority owner in January 2000. However, in September 2001 surprised friends and foes alike by announcing his return to the court with 38 years with the Wizards jersey. Jordan said again “for love of the game.” Because of NBA rules, he had to dispose of any property of the team. Before the All-Star, Jordan was one of only two players in the league to average more than 25 points, five assists and five rebounds, leading the Wizards to a 26-21 balance. Unfortunately, after the All-Star, Jordan suffered a knee injury and finished the season on the disabled list. The Wizards finished with a record of 37-45. Still, Jordan helped the team win 18 more games than last season.