Celebrity Michael Jordan to Quit By People Staff Published on May 17, 1999 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Chicago Bull Michael Jordan, basketball’s best player and certainly the best known, will announce his retirement no later than Wednesday, it is being reported. His quitting represents another blow to the NBA, which is just recovering from a lengthy strike. (A shortened basketball season is to begin Feb. 5.) As Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to their sixth NBA title last season, he consistently said he would not return to the team if coach Phil Jackson left the franchise — which he did. Jordan, 35, never officially announced his retirement, however, and basketball fans held out hope that he would change his mind. During the NBA lockout, veteran forward Charles Barkley said Jordan had told him he was merely waiting until the end of the labor impasse before making his retirement official.