On This Date 3/19/1997

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A day after releasing a simple statement, ā€œIā€™m Back,ā€ Michael Jordan makes his return to the NBA with the Chicago Bulls. Wearing #45, the number he used while attempting a baseball career with the Chicago White Sox, Jordan shows some rust, scoring 19 points, with six rebounds and six assists as the Bulls suffered a 103-96 loss to the Indiana Pacers in overtime. The game on NBC sets a regular-season record for viewers.