12 years ago, Michael Jordan came back to his hometown of Wilmington, NC, and to the game of professional basketball after retiring in 1998.
Jordan began his association with Washington Wizards as president and minority owner in 2000. In October of the same year, he brought the NBA team to the University of North Carolina Wilmington for their training camp. A sold out crowd watched the team at the end of their week-long stay in Trask Coliseum. At that time, the Wizards announced plans to return to UNCW in 2001 for their training camp. This move was anticipated by the Wilmington community, but the excitement and anticipation reached a high when Jordan announced that he would return to the NBA as a Washington Wizards player for the 2001 season.
UNCW was immediately launched into national and international news as it would serve as the location where Jordan would make his latest debut. News media from around the country, including ESPN, came to UNCW to cover the event. The event was highly publicized and well received in the community as a whole, but one UNCW student expressed parking-related grievances against the commotion caused by the visit.
Jordan played again with the Washington Wizards in Trask Coliseum in 2002. In later years, when Jordan was affiliated with the Charlotte Bobcats, UNCW welcomed this club for training camps.
UNCW Magazine--Fall/Winter 2001
The Seahawk--September 7, 2000, p 18
The Seahawk--October 12, 2000, p 15-16
The Seahawk--August 30, 2001, p 17
The Seahawk--September 27, 2001, p 16
The Seahawk--October 4, 2001, p 13-15
The Seahawk--October 18, 2001, p 19, 21, 24
The Seahawk--October 3, 2002, p 15
The Seahawk--October 13, 2005, p 9
More photos in University Archives: Jordan at UNCW (2001
See also: news articles about Michael Jordan's summer basketball camp at UNCW in 1987.