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Bulls Fined Another $100,000 Over Jordan's Number Switch

June 22, 1995|Associated Press

NEW YORK — The NBA fined the Chicago Bulls $100,000 Wednesday for allowing Michael Jordan to wear No. 23 during the playoffs instead of No. 45.

The fined was assessed by Rod Thorn, the league's vice president of basketball operations.

For Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Orlando Magic, Jordan switched back to the No. 23 jersey he wore during nine seasons with the Bulls. When Jordan returned to the NBA after a brief retirement, he chose No. 45, which he wore for 17 regular-season games and the first round of the playoffs.

The Bulls were fined $25,000 over the switch during the playoffs.

The $100,000 fine includes $25,000 for each additional game in which Jordan wore No. 23. The Bulls were eliminated by Orlando in six games.

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