File this under “Highly unlikely, but if only.” Retired NBA star Jalen Rose thinks Michael Jordan will come out of retirement to play one game for his Charlotte Bobcats…or are they officially the Hornets yet?
Let’s explore why this looks like a possibility.
First off, Rose sounds very confident in his prediction. It almost sounded as if he knows something.
Secondly, Jordan told a Hall of Fame crowd, a mere four years ago, not to be surprised when he takes to the court again at 50.
Add to that all the trash talking he’s been doing of the younger guys – he said he could have beat LeBron James in his prime, and accused Kobe Bryant of stealing all his moves – and you have an interesting case.
Not to mention, Jordan has said he would like his fiance, Yvette Prieto, to see him play professional basketball, since the 34-year-old, Cuban-born American has no memory of it. Oh yeah, and he has also lost weight. In fact, he reports being back down to his playing weight of 218 pounds.
This is starting to go from crazy talk to maybe, just maybe, a plausible scenario.
Oh yeah, and Jordan can still dunk at 50, as you can see below.
So, Will Michael Jordan Return to the NBA?
While no one say for sure, it seems rather unlikely that Michael Jordan will stage a comeback at 50, even if he is probably in good enough shape to compete in at least one game.
Let’s look at why this most probably won’t happen.
The reason for this lies in his duties as majority owner and Chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats slash Charlotte Hornets. Here’s the scoop from Grantland.com:
In a 2011 Sports Illustrated article about the possibility of Jordan’s return (it happens every single year), sports law professor Michael McCann broke down just how much of a pain in the ass it would be:
While that type of transaction is possible, it is also complicated and would require, among other steps, registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission, an initial public offering and NBA approval of the Bobcats’ new ownership structure.
Jordan could avoid these complexities by selling his equity stake in the Bobcats, but a sale would require league approval and would take months, if not longer, to finalize. NBA teams also don’t come up for sale very often. Jordan would have to really want to return to the court before selling the Bobcats, because it’s not clear when he would have another shot at buying an NBA team.
So it looks like a logistical nightmare and a long shot.
But we can dream, and considering Jordan’s notorious competitiveness and determination, it might not be that grand a fantasy, after all. Really, who wouldn’t like to see Jordan take to the court again, even if it was all just some sort of one game stunt?
Would he wear number 67?
Guess we’ll just have to see how this one plays out as the year goes forward. Until then, there are always the career highlight videos like the one below to remind us of the good old days.
So what do you think, is MJ staging a comeback? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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