A dream has come true for Chris Chelios

Michael Jordan had a good reason for missing Chris Chelios' jersey retirement

Although they have been friends since the 1990s, Michael Jordan was unable to attend Chris Chelios' jersey retirement ceremony on Sunday due to a death in his family.

The former Chicago Bulls star was scheduled to be at the United Center, according to the Chicago Tribune, with the 61-year-old one of Chelios' famous guests. However, Jordan appeared on the giant screen to congratulate his friend.

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“Listen, you are a very deserving man and I am proud to see your jersey up there with my jersey,” he said. You and I have been friends for 30 years, so I wish you all the best. I'm sending you lots of love. Come on, Blackhawks!”

The two men's numbers 7 and 23 now hover high above the United Center, where the Bulls and Blackhawks played from 1994 to 1998.

“I saw him a few weeks ago and we talked,” Chelios told NBC Sports Chicago. It does not bother me. He is there in thought. I am with him on high. We talked about it. We spoke yesterday [samedi] and he was always there for me. He was there for the Hall of Fame [en 2013]. Something happened and we’re going to celebrate on his boat next week.”

On January 12, Jordan also missed the Bulls' Ring of Honor event.