Ex-NBA player predicts Jordan’s NBA comeback this season

jalen-rose-50While previewing the upcoming 2013-14 season with Bill Simmons on Grantland, former NBA player and current analyst Jalen Rose made one very bold prediction.

He predicted that Michael Jordan, who is 50 years old and owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, will play in one NBA game this season.

“I’ll make a quick prediction for the Bobcats. Michael Jordan is coming out of retirement and playing one game this year,” Rose said, smiling.

Despite the fact that Rose obviously wasn’t serious, Jordan could in fact do something like that.

Earlier this year, Jordan’s long-time trainer Tim Grover said “Michael is still the best player on the Charlotte Bobcats”.

“If I ever get that call, I was going to be prepared for it. And I am,” Grover said at the time. “There’s no doubt in my mind, that right now, Michael is still the best player on the Charlotte Bobcats.”

At age 50, Jordan still has a lot left in him to play in today’s NBA. In February of 2013, Bobcats’ rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played Jordan one one one. And lost.

“He did play me 1-on-1 one time,” Kidd-Gilchrist said. “And it was hard for me…I lost. I lost to a 50-year-old guy. That’s my boss, though. He’s the best player to play the game.”

Kidd-Gilchrist said he didn’t let Jordan beat him, saying “I didn’t allow him to beat me. Because that’s my boss? Nah.”

“That wouldn’t shock me at all,” Kidd-Gilchrist said about a possible Jordan comeback. “He still has it. He does.”

That same month, an NBA veteran, All-Star forward Antawn Jamison also believes Jordan could play in the NBA at age 50.

At his 2009 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Michael Jordan said, “One day you might look up and see me playing the game at 50”.

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

“He wasn’t joking,” said Jamison of Jordan’s declaration at the HOF ceremony (to play at 50). “You hear stories still to this day, especially last year, him going to the practice facility and playing 1-on-1 with the guys and still they can’t stop him.”

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.


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