Tons of people wondered why Michael Jordan stepped away from the game in October of 1993 post his first three peat. At that point MJ was only 30 and clearly at the top of his game. Some even hinted that it wasn't a retirement by choice and that it was David Stern forcing Jordan to sit out a year because of his gambling problem. At any rate, after a year and some change away from the game MJ returned, and after one failed season, he went on another three peat with the Bulls dominating like we hadn't seen before. After the second three peat Jordan retired again as he was going to leave out on top, only to come back three years later with the Wizards.
What could've been: MJ supporters and haters could agree that the Bulls winning eight titles altogether had MJ stayed in the league from 1984 through 2003. WE're talking about a legend that won six titles, five regular season MVP awards, was named to 14 All-Star teams, and won a Defensive Player of the Year award. Regardless Jordan goes down as the GOAT, but had those retirements not happened he may have distanced himself even more in the conversation.