NBA’s weird reasons for retirement

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, known as "The Madman," is a controversial figure in NBA history. He once choked his coach and turned down a $21 million retirement contract because he felt it couldn't support his family. 

Larry Sanders, after a successful rookie year, retired to pursue poetry and wanderlust. He attempted a comeback but was unsuccessful. Larry Bird retired due to a diminishing performance on the court, fearing it would tarnish his career statistics. 

Royce White's fear of flying ended his career, as he couldn't participate in away games. Michael Jordan retired three times, with his 1993 retirement being the most perplexing. He left to play baseball, claiming basketball didn't challenge him anymore.