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4 NBA Players Who Retired and Staged a Successful Comeback

The times are miserable and chaotic for the New York Knicks.

As if the drought hasn’t entirely played out yet with five straight losing seasons, Richard Jefferson chose to retire instead of playing for the team.

Let that sink in first.

It was difficult enough for the Jim Dolan-owned team, which was the only franchise to offer him a job. What more hearing a 17-season, admittedly washed Jefferson outright refused millions of dollars in exchange for becoming a Knicks player?

At this point, though, we won’t know whether Jefferson will ever come back playing.

However, these NBA players knew that they have to make a comeback and proved their worth once more.

If you’ve meant to ask that question, yes, he can. He can come back at any stage of retirement. It is the right of any retired NBA player.

Can a player come back after retirement?

Comebacks are not equally successful, however, at least compared with these returning players. 

#4 Richie Guerin

Guerin was one of the most underrated NBA Hall of Famers nominees in 2013, but he deserved all the praise and recognition. 

For one, he scored 57 points in a historic game against Syracuse Nationals. It broke scoring records and the curse of eight losses straight against the Nationals.

Unfortunately for him, he played in the New York Knicks when it was yet to win its first NBA championship. 

Guerin retired after the 1966-67 season as a player before he jumped to Atlanta Hawks as a head coach. While there, he was forced a comeback because his players had injuries.

He was the New York hero of his time. When he first set foot in Madison Square Garden for the first time after being traded with the Hawks, Geurin got a five-minute standing ovation.

Yes, he was that great. 

#3 Sidney Moncrief

Hall of Famer Moncrief decided to retire after ten seasons with the NBA and while he was still in his prime. 

A Milwaukee Bucks legend, he was a Defensive Player of the Year awardee twice before he retired in 1989. Those two years were the first two years that the award existed. Some even argued that it was created for him.

Moncrief returned after a couple of years this time with Atlanta Hawks. 

Moncrief was the resident ‘veteran’ and part-time reserve, calling his time with the Hawks, specifically Moses Malone, Doc Rivers, and Dominique Wilkins the most rewarding year in the NBA.

He earned a roster spot, averaging 4.7 points in 15.2 minutes.

#2 Magic Johnson

Johnson retired in 1992 due to health reasons—he was diagnosed with HIV. He planned on playing for the next two seasons, but his health prevented his comeback.

In 1994, he became the Los Angeles Lakers head coach. He came back playing in 1996, displaying his all-around skills despite being one of the greatest point guards in NBA history.

Despite the controversies involving decreased playing time of other players when he entered the Lakers, he led the team to the playoffs. The team finished 53-29.

#1 Michael Jordan

Dubbed as the greatest comeback of all time, Jordan staged two comebacks, but the first one is the more successful one. 

He originally retired due to burnout and depression after his father’s death. Jordan focused on playing baseball to make his father’s dream come true.

He came back to play for the Chicago Bulls after a less than stellar performance with the Chicago White Sox’s. 

With Bulls, Jordan won more championships and MVP awards. 

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6 NBA Players Who Have Their Own Signature Shoes

Air Jordan is one of the most iconic signature shoes. In fact, it started a sneakers revolution in the NBA!

Nowadays, having own pair of signature shows is a prestige every basketball players dreamt of. They meant two things: one, you are one of the best NBA players and two, you are pretty popular.

Here are the NBA players who have their own signature shoes.

1) Michael Jordan (Air Jordan by Nike)

Considered the most famous face of Nike, Jordan debuted the Air Jordan 1s in Washington, DC circa 1985 that retailed for $65. The red-black-and-white combo is unique to him and his team, Chicago Bulls. In September 2016, the design was relaunched as Bred 1s as a part of Nike’s retro releases. A pair was sold for $160.

2) Shaquille O’Neal (Shaq Attaq by Reebok)

Shaq’s signature sneakers were released in 1992, on the same year that he was drafted in the league. His Shaq Attaqs were sold for $130 a pair—quite pricey then. In 1996, he released his own Shaq brand. And then in 2001, he released his own sneakers brand, Dunkman. His shoes are sold for $12.

3) Allen Iverson (Question by Reebok)

Iverson is Jordan’s Reebok counterpart. He signed a deal with the company as soon as he was drafted in 1996, a ten-year, $50-million contract which was elevated to a lifetime contract. Question sneakers, which was sold for $99.99 per pair, are still available today for $68.98 in various colourways.

4) Kobe Bryant (KB8 by Adidas)

Before Kobe signed with Nike, he was with Adidas. Bryant’s KB8, or the Crazy 8s as the fans call it, was originally sold for $100. In 2012, Adidas KB8 was hailed as one of the top 10 NBA shoes in history. KB8s are still available today for the same price.

5) LeBron James (Air Zoom Generation by Nike)

Released in 2003, James’ Air Zoom was sold for $110. It was also sold as a retro piece in 2017 for a hefty $170 a pair. But this was not the most expensive Nike sneakers from James. Nike LeBron X Plus, which has a motion sensor, was released in 2012 for $315 per pair. It was the year when James won the NBA Championship title, NBA MVP award, NBA Finals MVP award, and Olympic gold medal within the same year. James and Jordan are the only two NBA players who earned that accolade.

6) Stephen Curry (Curry One by Under Armour)

Curry was late into the sneakers game when he debuted his Curry One in 2015, after six years in the league. It retailed for $120 per pair. Nike endorsed him but failed to sign him for long-term, so he jumped ship to Under Armour. Indeed, Curry played a key role in putting the brand on the map.

Some sceptics, however, raised eyebrows on some NBA players who are nowhere near any best list nor famous enough and yet, they have their own signature shoes. These are

  • Matthew Dellavedoa (Delly 1 by Peak Australia)
  • George Hill (Monster by Peak US)
  • Kevin Love (Kevin Love 1 by 361 Degrees)
  • Evan Turner (Evan Turner Speed 4 by Li-Ning)
  • Michael Carter Williams (Michael Carter Williams Men’s Professional Basketball Shoes by Li-Ning)
  • Rajon Rondo (RR1 Basketball Shoes by Anta)

Well, they may not be popular in the NBA, but they are elsewhere.

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Ranking 5 of the Best NBA Fanbases

Every NBA team has legions of fans. However, not all fanbases are created equal. The cliche that everybody loves a winner is not applicable among these fanbases—they stick with their beloved teams even when the times are not so great.

Below are the best NBA fanbases of all-time.

#5 Los Angeles Lakers

There is one great thing about the Lakers’ fans: attendance. They are so good at it they made Kobe Bryant felt special in so many ways. Case in point: they filled 99.7% of the arena on Bryant’s farewell season.

Even in the 2016-17 NBA season when the Lakers weren’t doing great, the fans still had a 99.2% attendance rate. 

The team is the most liked NBA team on social media. It has 22 million and 4.2 million followers on Facebook and Twitter, respectively.

#4 San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs fans’ dedication is noticeable—there are good years in terms of attendance. As such, the fandom consistently appears in the best NBA fans list.

In a market study, the Nielsen Scarborough conducted, about 69% of San Antonio residents identify themselves as a fan. They either watched or listened to a game or attended a game.

Also, the team has excellent social media following at 5.5 million followers on Facebook alone. It was more than twice the population of the city.

#3 Chicago Bulls

Since Michael Jordan left the Bulls in 1998, things have changed. The team only won five playoffs and one Eastern Conference Finals appearance. 

However, the Bulls’ fanbase remains to be one of the most loyal and dedicated, finishing at either no. 1 or 2 positions in home attendance percentage starting 2010. Even at the bleakest moment, the fans filled the entire United Center.

They kept the team’s standing in the top ticket sales for the full. The fans also voted the Bulls as 0ne of the Top NBA Franchises.

#2 Portland Trail Blazers

If there’s one word to describe the Blazers’ fanbase that would be good sports. The team hasn’t won any championship since 1978 or a conference title since 1993. But still, the unwavering support of the fans did not diminish a bit.

Fans’ expectations are high especially after appearing in the Western Conference Finals against Golden State Warriors in 2018.

The Rip City fanbase ranks one of the top five fanbases in home attendance since 2011. True enough, they did not abandon the team even when its performance gets from worse to the worst season after season.

#1 Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks fans dominate the attendance counts since 2003. The fanbase has the longest sellout streak with 588 games.  

One of the instrumental figures in the growing popularity of the franchise was Mark Cuban himself, the team owner. It started in 2000 when he regularly appeared courtside as a savvy Mav fan.

With this, the Mavericks was once a woeful team until it became one of the NBA greats. Part of their success was all thanks to their ever-loyal fans. If one saw how the fans swarmed the streets during their victory parade in 2011, it’s easy to understand how intense the Mavs fans are.

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