ESPN recently published an article posing the question could Michael Jordan still play at 50? A rumor since Jordan’s hall of fame speech including the following: “One day you might look up and see me playing the game at 50,” after the crowd chuckled Jordan responded “Oh, don’t laugh. Never say never. Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”
Nothing can be ruled out when it comes to MJ, after all we’re talking about the same guy who abruptly walked away from the hardwood to try his hand at baseball in the prime of his career. The same guy who left his post as part owner/president of basketball operations with the Washington Wizards at 38 years old and almost four years away from the game to play for a low level team.
Most of all Jordan has loads of self confidence and a competitive drive unlike any other athlete we have ever seen. To this day as majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats Jordan comes out of his owners box and practices with the team. He still has skills and I have no doubt he could muster up enough motivation to be an effective role player in the NBA today.
As fun as it would be to see MJ lace up his Air Jordan’s one more time it’s just not going to happen. Jordan was burned by the Wizards who basically spit on him after putting his 40 year old body through physical hell for two seasons for the veterans minimum salary by refusing to give him his job and his stake in the organization back after his last retirement, he’s not going to risk it again. Jordan is the majority owner of the Bobcats and getting back into uniform would be a very complicated scenario, he could find a place holder, someone who would agree to “own” the organization for a short time while Michael played and then sell it back to him but I doubt the league would allow that to be a contractual agreement and Jordan just isn’t the type of man to fall for the same thing twice.
Next, Jordan is very competitive and I just don’t see him being satisfied as a role player. Sure his days as a Washington Wizard weren’t nearly as great as when he was a Chicago Bull but Jordan was still a star. Still I refuse to put anything past Michael Jeffrey Jordan, when he retired the second time he stated that he was 99.9% sure he would never play again, then he came back nearly four years later to play for the Washington Wizards, with Michael you just never know.