KEY POINTS

  • NBA legend Michael Jordan unretired in 2001 to play for the Washington Wizards
  • Current Wizards star Bradley Beal isn't happy Jordan played for the capital
  • Jordan is best known for his Chicago Bulls legacy, winning six NBA titles and six Finals MVPs

Many believe that five-time NBA MVP and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan should have ended his incredible basketball career perfectly in 1998.

He led the Chicago Bulls to their sixth NBA championship at the time, repeating a three-peat and cementing his legacy as arguably the greatest basketball player of all time.

That is why a handful of people weren't thrilled when the Hall of Famer unretired to suit up for the Washington Wizards back in 2001.

One of them is current Wizards all-star Bradley Beal himself, who grew up believing Jordan should have stayed as a Bull for life.

"I hated that he came back and played because I always wanted him to be, no offense D.C., I always wanted him to be a Bull for life," Beal said, per NBCS Washington reporter Chase Hughes.

Jordan was brought up to Beal because of the Wizards' recent nine-game winning streak in the current NBA season.

The feat was last done by Jordan's 2001 Wizards, which won eight in a row. However, they finished with a 35-47 record that season, missing the playoffs.

The six-time Finals MVP had been president of basketball operations for the franchise in 2000 but went back to play another two seasons.

His overall stint in the capital had its fair share of highs and lows.

During Jordan's tenure, the Wizards drafted Kwame Brown at first overall in the 2001 draft, a move heavily criticized until now as the player was picked over eventual NBA champions Tyson Chandler and Pau Gasol.

The franchise also traded a budding Rip Hamilton in the summer of 2002 to Detroit for Jerry Stackhouse in a bid to boost the Wizards' playoff chances.

Stackhouse even revealed, later on, he regretted playing with Jordan, citing that his prime years were wasted as the team prioritized running plays through the 14-time All-Star.

Just like Beal, fans, players and hoops experts all tend to agree Jordan's Wizards years weren't the best memories of his outstanding career.

Some wish those years never happened, but none of it matters for Jordan himself after decades worth of championships, sports milestones, individual accolades, and business ventures.

Retired NBA legend Michael Jordan, now owner of the Charlotte Hornets, won six titles in six trips to the NBA Finals with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s Retired NBA legend Michael Jordan, now owner of the Charlotte Hornets, won six titles in six trips to the NBA Finals with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / STREETER LECKA