Why did Michael Jordan retire at 35?

Michael Jordan retired at 35 because he felt like he had achieved all he wanted to in basketball. He had won six championships with the Chicago Bulls and had become one of the greatest players of all time. Jordan was physically and mentally exhausted from the intense pressure and constant scrutiny he faced as a professional basketball player. Additionally, Jordan faced some personal difficulties during this time. His father, James Jordan, was tragically murdered in 1993, which deeply affected him. Jordan decided to retire for the first time shortly after this incident, in order to honor his father's memory and pursue a career in baseball. After a brief stint in minor league baseball, Jordan realized that basketball was still his true passion and returned to the NBA. He played for the Washington Wizards for two seasons before finally retiring for good at the age of 35 in 2003. By retiring at 35, Jordan was able to leave the game at the peak of his career and secure his legacy as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He made a successful transition to a successful career as an entrepreneur and team owner in the years following his retirement.