This was lots of fun to watch. Thanks to LCMJ from realgm for sharing it. The idea kind of gets you jazzed up doesn't it?
There has recently been a lot of talk about Jordan making a comeback after he practiced with the Bobcats. Paul Silas said Jordan could still score 20 and Gerald Wallace echoed some similarly rosy thoughts.
It's gotten a certain segment of Bulls fans to wonder 'what if'. Jordan can't come back while owning a portion of the team. It would take him well over a year to sell his franchise as a primary owner, and he's not going to get it back when he retires again. He already played this game once before and lost with the Wizards.
Now maybe Jordan has realized owning an NBA team in a small market isn't so hot anyway and wants out, but I doubt it. He did hint at coming back at 50 in his hall of fame speech afterall.
Of course, Bulls fans will also note that we seem to be lacking a two guard and ask themselves, what would happen if Michael Jordan were to fill that role, say next summer. Would the Bulls win a title?
Jordan would likely absolutely destroy this team. Go read either of the books written about his time as a Wizard and let me know if you seriously think this is a good idea still.
First, is there anything in Jordan's past that would lead you to believe he could be a role player rather than the star even if his ability was less? Also, this is a guy who put up a sub 50% TS% eight years ago. Do you really think nine years later he's going to play all that well?
Jordan will still have a wicked turn around jumper. The problem is that's all he'll have. The ability to slash and get to the basket will be gone. Jordan's never really had three point range, so that facet which this team needs won't be there. He's not going to have the quickness to play defense like he did in his prime and was already more SF than SG with Washington.
Could Jordan come back and play in the league at 50? Yeah, I think he could. I would bet at 50, Jordan is still in the top 150 or so basketball players in the world if the commits himself to getting into shape. However, he's not what the Bulls need, the upheaval would be far worse than the benefit of getting a SG who's only offense comes from post up turn around jumpers and likely can't play off the ball all that well anymore.
If Jordan were to choose to come back I would support him. Even if it ruined part of his legacy. I always think if a player wants to play until no one will sign him anymore that he should do just that. No need to go out on top, do what makes you happy not what protects your legacy, but if Jordan makes that decision, I hope i can watch him from afar, on another team, because I think his presence would ruin this one at this point even if we do need a 2 guard.