Dominique Wilkins in midair at the 1990 Slam Dunk Contest. Wilkins defeated Kenny Smith and defending champion Kenny Walker to join Michael Jordan  as the only two-time winners (joined since by Harold Miner, Jason Richardson and Nate Robinson). The NBA lockout is currently in its 106th day. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
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Dominique Wilkins in midair at the 1990 Slam Dunk Contest. Wilkins defeated Kenny Smith and defending champion Kenny Walker to join Michael Jordan as the only two-time winners (joined since by Harold Miner, Jason Richardson and Nate Robinson). The NBA lockout is currently in its 106th day. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: NBA Slam Dunk Contest Winners
ROUNDTABLE: Discussing NBA’s labor feud
AMICK: Agent blasts Stern for labor talks
LOWE: NBA’s action won’t help union’s case

Eighteen years ago today, Michael Jordan retired from the NBA to pursue his dream of playing professional baseball. He spent one season playing outfield for the Birmingham Barons, the Double A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and batted .202 with three home runs and 51 RBIs. In March 1995, Jordan returned to the NBA and led the Bulls to three more championships. (Ben Van Hook/SI)
GALLERY: Michael Jordan playing baseballSI VAULT: Baseball beyond Jordan’s grasp (3.14.94)

Eighteen years ago today, Michael Jordan retired from the NBA to pursue his dream of playing professional baseball. He spent one season playing outfield for the Birmingham Barons, the Double A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and batted .202 with three home runs and 51 RBIs. In March 1995, Jordan returned to the NBA and led the Bulls to three more championships. (Ben Van Hook/SI)

GALLERY: Michael Jordan playing baseball
SI VAULT: Baseball beyond Jordan’s grasp (3.14.94)

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson battle for position during Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals. (Manny Millan/SI)
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Larry Bird and Magic Johnson battle for position during Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals. (Manny Millan/SI)

SI VAULT: Lakers finally beat Celtics and capture championship (6.17.85)
SI VAULT: Larry and Magic were best of foes during 13-year rivalry (12.14.92)
GALLERY: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Larry Bird
GALLERY: Magic Johnson: The College Years