Michael Jordon is truly the Brett Favre of basketball… at least for the retiring and un-retiring part of things. He’s retired and returned twice, but unlike Favre he took a couple years off before coming back. Now the rumors are spreading that he might come back again.
The gossip all started because Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Bobcats, practiced with the team a few times last week. At first people were saying it was just his way of making the guys more accountable during practice. But then the rumors started flying because Jordan didn’t suck out on the court. Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace said Jordan “doesn’t have this quickness, but he can score, he’s a shooter. The last thing to ever go is your jump shot and he has that.”
Of course Jordan is Wallace’s boss so what is he supposed to say? If he did come back, Jordan would be the oldest guy to do it. Besides the obvious problem to a comeback (his age) there are plenty of other reasons why it’s a bad idea. He’d probably have to sell his interest in the team for one. And start taking a few more vitamins, for another.
While I loved Jordan when he played (and defended him when he came back) I cannot imagine him running around with the guys currently on the court today. The average age is just over 26 years. Most players’ fathers are probably Jordan’s age.
Jordan is 48 and last played in league in 2003. He gave that wonky Hall of Fame speech in December 2009 where he said “One day you may look up and see me playing a game at 50. Don’t laugh. Never say never.”
Oh, we’d never laugh at that. We know it’s not nice to laugh at senior citizens.