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Michael Jordan Retires - 2003-04-17

U.S. basketball legend Michael Jordan has retired from professional basketball, playing his final game Wednesday before a cheering, sold out crowd in Philadelphia.

The usually rowdy Philadelphia spectators gave Jordan standing ovations and chanted "We want Mike!" It was a final matchup before Jordan retired from the National Basketball Association for the third time.

Despite the enthusiasm, Jordan's Washington Wizards lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 107 - 87.

The 40-year-old sports legend says this will be his final run as a player and that he would like to work as an NBA executive. He returned to the game previously after retiring in 1993 and 1999. Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in the 1990's, and his career scoring average of 30.1 points a game is the highest in league history.

Jordan, who began his NBA career in 1984, is a highly marketable athlete who has starred in movies and endorsed products.