Could Jordan still play at 50? Some say he could…

Jordan_Wizards_1When Jordan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009, he joked during his enshrinement speech that he might make a comeback at the age of 50.

Jordan is turning 50 on Sunday, when the next 62-nd NBA All-Star Game in Houston is set to be hosted.

A lot of people believe Jordan could still play the league, and even give the team some productive minutes.

Antawn Jamison of the LA Lakers believes Jordan still has got something left in him, to play in the NBA. About a week ago, Jamison spoke of the issue to ESPN LosAngeles.

“I wouldn’t doubt that in the right situation with a LeBron (James) on his team or with a Kobe (Bryant) on this team, he could get you about 10 or 11 points, come in and play 15-20 minutes,” Jamison said.

“I wouldn’t doubt that at all, especially if he was in shape and injuries were prevented and things of that nature,” he added.

Jordan played in total 1072 NBA games (1039 started), averaging 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg in 38.3 minutes per contest.

He was a 14-time NBA All-Star, and 6-times the NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls.

He led the NBA in scoring in 10 seasons (NBA record) and tied Wilt Chamberlain’s record of seven consecutive scoring titles.

He was also a fixture on the NBA All-Defensive First Team, making the roster nine times (NBA record shared with Gary Payton).

Jordan also holds the top career regular season and playoff scoring averages of 30.1 and 33.4 points per game. Many of Jordan’s contemporaries label Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time.

In his final season with the Washington Wizards, Jordan averaged 20.0 points per game in 37.0 minutes in 2002-2003.

Jordan_Wizards_2Michael’s former Bulls teammate 7-time NBA All-Star, legendary Scottie Pippen also said recently that Michael could still play the game he loves so much.

“Well, I haven’t seen him on the court in awhile so I don’t know,” Pippen said with a smile.

“But if he is anything like me, his mind is probably telling him he can come back, but his body is saying no, no, no. So I don’t expect him to make that comeback… if he does, it will be short-lived.”

A few days ago 49-year old Jordan took the court with the young players (Gerald Henderson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) of his Charlotte Bobcats team.

“He’s the best ever to play and he’s still got that competitive nature. He always feels he can help you,” said team captain Henderson. “We played one-one-one. That’s always fun. He wants to win.”

“He’s still got it. He can still shoot,” Henderson said. “I don’t know about his defense, but he can still score.”

Jordan’s participation started out with him showing Kidd-Gilchrist some post moves. It escalated into some one-on-one. Naturally, players started migrating over to form an audience.

Then Henderson, a former Duke Blue Devil, joined in against Jordan, a former North Carolina Tar Heel. Everyone knew what that meant. Henderson is coming back from a sprained foot. Jordan has said he likes how Henderson doesn’t just defer to him.

“He’s a basketball genius,” Henderson said.

Afterall, Jordan doesn’t have to come back into the NBA to prove that he can still play. If people say he could, doesn’t really mean he should.

However, Jordan himself is the only one, who can answer whether his body is able to take it one more time.


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