Because that's the number he wanted. Jordan wanted to prove he was at least half as good as his brother Larry, who wore #45 in high school, and continuously beat Michael in one on one as children.
MJ's RetirementMichael Jordan retired in 1993 shortly after his father was murdered by some teens. It meant a lot to him for his father to have seen his last game. He then played baseball for the Birmingham Barons, where he wore number 45. He returned to the NBA in March 1995. He used his baseball number 45 at first, but during the playoffs he switched back to his number 23. Jordan Retired again in 1999. Jordan returned with the Washington Wizards just over a year later, and then retired for the (presumably) final time in 2003.Conspiracy TheoryThere are some who believe that Jordan's initial retirement was an under-the-counter one-year suspension by NBA Commissioner David Stern because of the well-publicized gambling Jordan was taking part in, and the suspicion that the murder of Jordan's father may have been gambling-related. See the attached link.
#23 - Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards#45 - Chicago Bulls (1994-95 season only)#12 - Jordan wore this number for one night, due to his #23 jersey being stolen before the game.#9 - USA Olympic basketball team (1984, 1992)
23Michael Jordan wore #23 for most of his NBA career. He wore #45hen playing Minor League Baseball. When he returned to the NBA, he briefly wore #45 as his#23ad been retired. He returned to his #23 month later.
He wears the number 23 jersey because his brother Larry wore 45 when he played and he wanted to be at least half the player he was.
His older brother wore 45 and he was hoping to be half as good as him.
his number was 45
His brother wore the # 45 and Jordan thought that 23 was half of 45
23 and 45
Michael Jordan had always wanted to wear #45 because it was his brother Larry's favorite number, and he idolized him.
Michael Jordan played with the jersey numbers 23 and 45.
His number was 45 He played for the white sox
Michael Jordan is number 23 because he wanted 45 but his brother took it so he divided 45 by 2 and that was 22.5 which rounded up to 23 so that is why he is 23.