Happy Anniversary: Some People Steal Hearts on Valentine's Day ... Others Steal Jerseys

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Happy Anniversary: Some People Steal Hearts on Valentine’s Day … Others Steal Jerseys

Chicago Bulls

Whenever this very special day comes around, we get to relive one of the more outlandish moments of Michael Jordan’s historic career: The missing jersey.

Bulls and Magic fans got quite the surprise in 1990 when Jordan took the floor in a No. 12 look with no name ironed on the back. The GOAT was stuck with the extra jersey after he waltzed to his locker before the game to see that his famous No. 23 was nowhere in sight. Despite a search for the game-day attire, nothing turned up and quite the mystery ensued.

“That has never happened to me before,” Jordan told the Orlando Sentinel at the time. “It’s pretty irritating because you’re accustomed to certain things and you don’t like to have things misplaced.”

Despite Jordan’s well-documented superstitious ways, it turns out it doesn’t matter what number bears his chest. While the team lost by 6 points, Jordan dropped 49 points (only his third-highest scoring total of the season) on a 21-43 performance from the field with 7 rebounds.

In case you missed it at the time, the Orlando Magic released quite the fun video on exactly what went down when The Last Dance aired back in 2020. According to the team’s Director of Team Operations, a member of the security team snuck his way into the locked locker room through the ceiling to nab the jersey. He then kept that jersey in the ceiling tiles with plans to grab it later. Wild, right?

There is almost an endless amount of stories to illustrate Jordan’s greatness, but the fact someone went full Mission-Impossible-mode to get their hands on his jersey before the guy even had a ring around his finger is surely one of the betters ones.

Anyway, you can watch the Magic’s fun video on the story below. Happy Valentine’s Missing Jersey Day!


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Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.