There’s just something not right about Michael Jordan in Israel | MJ’s History of Odd Jersey #s
This photo was taken by pro player Ramon Clemente who stumbled across this piece of art in a candy store. Maybe the designers in Israel were confusing Jordan and Magic Johnson…or maybe this is just another example of another country making an unlicensed product and screwing up the name.
WHEN JORDAN WORE 12 & 45
In 1989, Jordan’s jersey was stolen in the locker room before a game with the Orlando Magic. The arena actually sealed off the building and searched departing employees. Security was so desperate to find the jersey they even took one from a kid in the crowd and checked with Jordan to see if it was his. It wasn’t, so he had to wear a nameless jersey with the #12 on it. The number change didn’t seem to bother MJ as he scored 49pts. After the game he said he would not sign autographs in Orlando again.
When Jordan came back from his 1st retirement in 1995, he wore #45 because his #23 was retired and 45 was his baseball number. He only wore 45 for 22 games (17 regular season and 5 playoff games) because after a bad game 1 against Orlando in the playoffs, he blamed the jersey and said, “No. 45 is not No. 23. I couldn’t have done that to No. 23.”
So like Superman, he pulled out the #23 jersey and after more games….Jordan was going home and the Magic were advancing. Maybe he should of wore #12 in Orlando again.
Reference: The Truth Sports