The 1993-94 Chicago Bulls managed to finish second overall in the Central Division, and managed to finish third overall in the Eastern Conference despite the retirement of star guard Michael Jordan. The Bulls would not be able to win a fourth consecutive NBA championship, losing in the second round of the 1994 NBA Playoffs to the New York Knicks. This was the Bulls' last season at Chicago Stadium before moving to the United Center.
On October 6, 1993, Michael Jordan announced his retirement, at age 30, due to citing a loss in his desire to play the game. Jordan later stated that the murder of his father earlier in the year shaped his decision.James R. Jordan, Sr. was murdered on July 23, 1993, at a highway rest area in Lumberton, North Carolina, found in a creek on August 3, murdered by two teenagers, Daniel Green and Larry Martin Demery. The assailants were traced from calls they made on James Jordan's cellular phone, caught, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Jordan was close to his father; as a child he had imitated his father's proclivity to stick out his tongue while absorbed in work.
Those close to Jordan claimed that he had been considering retirement as early as the summer of 1992, and that the added exhaustion due to the Dream Team run in the 1992 Olympics solidified Jordan's burned-out feelings about the game and his ever-growing celebrity status. Jordan's announcement sent shock waves throughout the NBA and appeared on the front pages of newspapers around the world.
Most experts did not predict the Bulls to even make the playoffs after winning their third straight championship the season before because of Jordan's departure. But the team, led by Scottie Pippen and an increased role from both Horace Grant and B. J. Armstrong were able to lead the Bulls to a 55-win season, only 2 wins less than the 1992-93 team, which had Jordan. The Bulls finished two games behind the Atlanta Hawks in the Central Division and earned the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Pippen and Armstrong were both voted to start in this season's All-Star game, and Grant was also picked as a reserve.