go to MSN.com
Found February 09, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:

From Larry Brown Sports:

Michael Jordan may be turning 50 next week, but current NBA player Antawn Jamison thinks the legend could still be a solid contributor in the league.

Jordan hasn’t played in the NBA since retiring following the 2003 season when he was 40. Jordan retired from the game two previous times — once to attempt a professional baseball career, and the other time after winning his sixth NBA championship following the 1998 season.

During his 2009 Hall of Fame induction speech, Jordan threw out the possibility of making a comeback at 50.

“One day you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. Oh, don’t laugh. Never say never. Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”

Jamison, who played college ball at North Carolina like Jordan and is now with the Los Angeles Lakers, believes MJ could still play in the NBA.

“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 told ESPN LA’s Dave McMenamin Friday. “I wouldn’t doubt that at all, especially if he was in shape and injuries were prevented and things of that nature.”

Jamison also says Jordan wasn’t joking about possibly returning to the NBA at 50.

“He wasn’t joking,” said Jamison of Jordan’s Hall of Fame speech. “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.”

Jamison’s words shouldn’t come as a surprise. In December, Jordan, who is a majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, worked out with his players. Both Gerald Henderson and Bismack Biyombo said Jordan could still play in the league.

Jordan would have to get in much better shape to think about a comeback, but it would be worthwhile just so we could see this moment recreated in real life.

Photo credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

7 Comments:
  • I'm sorry but 50?! Retired sports pro's circling in & out of retirement is hilarious. They must say to themselves "self I need publicity & more $$-let's go play again."
    I believe 50 is the new 40 but it's NOT the new 20 year old!!!!! Jordan stay retired before one of the young ones slam dunks your butt!
  • I would love to see him try, he might have to play zone "D" Lol
  • That would be freakin awesome. I haven't really paid much attention to the N.B.A since he retired. Watching Jordan play again would be a pretty cool thing, and at age 50.
  • Yes MJ could play and be more then an average player in this diluted league
  • I would watch basketball again.
  • I don't think he'd come back with any dominance.He may be able to play but I don't think he'd make any real impact except for veteran leadership. They have a few young dudes out there now that would run circles around him.
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Antawn Jamison Thinks Michael Jordan Could Average Double Digits in NBA at Age 50

Next Sunday, Michael Jordan turns 50. The six-time NBA champion hasn’t laced his Air Jordans up for a professional game in a decade. Yet, one NBA veteran believes the current Bobcats owner still has some game left in him. Lakers forward Antawn Jamison told ESPN.com on Saturday that the Hall of Famer could still score in double figures, if the situation was right. “I wouldn’t...

Dwight responds to fathers comments

As the Los Angeles Lakers prepare to play the Miami Heat on Sunday, Dwight Howard was asked to respond to comments his father made about his situation with the Lakers. 

Kobe Bryant plays Beethoven in Miami

The Lakers pulled it out in Charlotte on Friday night to bounce back from the beatdown that the Celtics gave them – must be something going on that says LA teams had to suffer an embarrassing nationally televised drubbing because that’s also what happened to the Clippers in Miami on Friday night. Kobe decided when he got to Miami that he wanted to show you that his skills on...

Kobe: I'm done voicing opinions about Dwight

MIAMI -- The dust certainly didn't settle after the Lakers eked out a win against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, not when Dwight Howard's father injected himself into his son's awkward relationship with Kobe Bryant. The elder Howard said his son needed to sit down with Bryant to hash out their differences. He also said Coach Mike D'Antoni wasn't being assertive...

Dwight Howard’s dad says Kobe Bryant & Mike D’Antoni are handling his son wrong

The spotlight’s glare can be a bit harsh in LA. it takes a different sort of individual to be able to flow and not let it wreak havoc in one’s mental. The Lakers soap opera has added another character. Dwight Howard’s dad jumped into the fray to chastise Kobe Bryant and head coach Mike D’Antoni on how they’ve handled Dwight in this recent round of media confessions. ...

2nd-half rally lifts Lakers over 'Cats

Kobe Bryant shrugged off a scoreless first half to finish with 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds Friday night as the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point second-half deficit and beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 100-93. The Lakers avoided a costly defeat to the NBA's worst team and pulled within three games of .500. Bryant attempted only two shots in the first half and...

Kobe Knows Lakers Need More Scoring From Howard

Dwight Howard had scored in single digits in six of his previous games before Sunday's Los Angeles Lakers loss to the Miami Heat, averaging only 7.7 shots in that stretch.

Steve Nash shows off his Soccer skills

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash grew up playing Soccer and was presented an opportunity to show off his skills against the Boston Celtics.  After being fouled by Avery Bradley in the third quarter, Nash dribbled the ball with his feet and didn’t let it touch the ground.Unfortunately for the Lakers, Soccer skills don’t help you win basketball games, and they lost to...

Dwight Howard Hopes Lakers 'Start Supporting Me The Way They Need To'

In Dwight Howard's mind, the support level from his Los Angeles Lakers has been lacking.

Lakers Unable to Close Against Heat

Photo courtesy of Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images Here’s a line you haven’t read this season: The Lakers could have won it. Okay fine, we’ve actually said that before…a lot, because goodness knows the Lakers have come close to winning a lot of games this past season but have always found a way to falter in the end. If we re-watch those 28 losses, I guarantee at least half of them...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Report: Arizona running back arrested for domestic violence

In a day that’s seen both Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy land on the Exempt List, more bad off the field news for the NFL, this time involving the Arizona Cardinals, is surfacing. According to source: Cards RB Johnathan Dwyer was just arrested for domestic violence @azfamily @AZCardinals pic.twitter.com/S9Kh0pgkfT — TylerBaldwin (@tylerbaldwin) September 17, 2014 Dwyer is a...
Via cover32 - Cardinals
2 hours ago

Domestic violence allegations emerge against Marshall

Yet another shot has been fired at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Attorney Gloria Allred called an impromptu press conference to announce that Brandon Marshall’s assaulted his former girlfriend Rasheeda Watley. Watley’s friend Kristeena Spivey reported says she reported the assault to Goodell. Goodell allegedly said he would investigate the claim, but he never did. So Spivey...
Via No Guts, No Glory
4 hours ago

Santana Moss: ‘I hate a mouthy guy’ like Richard Sherman

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan’s “Chad Dukes vs. The World,” that he hates mouthy guys like Richard Sherman. “You know what? I don’t have a problem with guys until I see these guys like the Richard Shermans,” Moss said. “It’s not even about, you know, you respect a guy when they go out and...
Via Sports-Glory
5 hours ago

Multiple teams reportedly have interest in Ray Rice

According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, a number NFL teams are doing their research on former Ravens RB Ray Rice regarding the idea of possibly signing him to a contract in the second-half of the season. Rice would need to have his suspension lifted following his appeal that was filed by the NFLPA on Tuesday. Cole mentions that a team without an obvious need at running back...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
6 hours ago

Nike 'in no way' condones abuse, suspends Peterson sponsorship

As the Adrian Peterson situation becomes more toxic, fewer and fewer parties are willing to stand by him. In the latest move by a company to distance itself from the running back, who was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child, Nike has suspended its endorsement contract with Peterson, ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported Wednesday. “Nike in no way condones child abuse or...
Via NESN.com
7 hours ago

James Winston suspended for 1st half against Clemson

Tweet#1 Florida State has suspended 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston for the first half of their Saturday matchup against 22nd ranked Clemson, according to a report from ESPN. Winston reportedly was yelling obscenities on campus earlier this week, causing the Seminoles to sit their starting QB for a half. “As the university’s most visible ambassadors, student-athletes...
Via Los That Sports Blog
7 hours ago

Report: Panthers expected to put Greg Hardy on exempt list

After the Minnesota Vikings placed Adrian Peterson on the exempt list, the Carolina Panthers are deciding whether they should do the same. According to a report from Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, the team has met with defensive end Greg Hardy and are reportedly expected to place Hardy on the exempt list. Mark Maske of the […]
Via Full Scale Sports
9 hours ago

NFL, NFLPA reach agreement on drug policy, players reinstated

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the NFL and the Players Association have finally reached an agreement on a new drug policy. According to Rapoport, an official announcement is expected to come at some point in the near future. The new drug policy includes HGH testing that is expected to get underway by the end of the month. The deal has also raised the threshold for...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
10 hours ago

Ronda Rousey rips Cyborg ... again ... makes steroid crack

Ronda Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino have long been rivals in the MMA world despite never facing each other. Cyborg dominated the Strikeforce women’s featherweight division from 2009-2010 before Rousey took over in 2011. The Brazilian fighter, who is 12-1 (with one no contest) in her pro MMA career, tested positive for steroids following her […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 hours ago

Lolo Jones eliminated from 'DWTS' after one performance

Lolo Jones hoped she had found something she could win in “Dancing With The Stars,” but that was far from the case. The track star turned bobsledder struggled mightily in the first episode of the latest season of the celebrity dance competition, and she was the first competitor eliminated on Tuesday night. Jones knew she was in trouble after struggling through the first dance...
Via NESN.com
12 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.