Michael Jordan comeback promo video

Michael Jordan comeback promo video

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?

No. 

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.

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  • I'm so glad Jordan owns the Bobcats so he can't just follow through with a ridiculous comeback like this. Nobody wants to see him make a foll of himself.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Fool even.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    The only fool is you pal. Jordan is not making a comeback. Why you would think that after watching a pieced together video by some random person is beyond me. The guy has been retired for 8 years and it will remain that way. It also amuses me how people act like Jordan made 20 different comebacks in his career. He retired in 93' after the murder of his father. He came back after that and won 3 consecutive championships. I would say that it was pretty successful. His comeback with the Wizards was a mistake, but it only lasted two years and that was a damn decade ago. As for his hall of fame speech, he did come off as petty, but people need to get over that already. He made two damn comebacks and one of them was one of the most successful comebacks of all time. Stop looking for new and creative ways to bash him just to fulfill your dislike of him. He's not senile and he's not making a fool of himself. The only people who seem to fill that description are you morons

  • In reply to tom455:

    Jordan hinted himself at a comeback at his HOF speech and has been regularly practicing with the NBA team he owns. Players practicing with him and the coach have discussed the possibility.

    The promo video was created because of the circumstances, not the other way around.

    I have little doubt that there is a part of Jordan wondering if he can come back. I don't think it will ever get to the serious stage though because of his team ownership.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    He never hinted at anything. You're a fool for believing something so outlandish. He's practicing because it's the only thing he's ever known and he can't stop playing completely for the rest of his days.

  • In reply to tom455:

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

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Just a quote. I wouldn't put too much stock in it.

  • In reply to tom455:

    I don't think he will comeback but I do think if there is one person that is competitive enough to try and could possibly average 15-20 at 50 years old it would be MJ.

  • In reply to tom455:

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

  • In reply to tom455:

    You really don't think it's in Jordan's personality to consider it? This is the guy who suddenly decided maybe he could take up baseball and make a career out of it.

  • In reply to tom455:

    I covered MJ for 10 years as reporter. I would ask those who strongly feel that he should not think about a comeback to step back, take a deep breath and chill. The vitriol is way too serious. This is basically entertainment....

    The reason I say this is many of you who call yourselves fans, are probably 30 years old and under. But would it be for Jordan? Only he knows. At age 48 there would be challenges for most of us who would try to turn the clock back and compete with those who are 20-28 years his junior. For him, it may not be so cut and dried. But I think the practices and "comeback" chatter are more to do with what Jordan sees with today's NBA. Dedication to the game, playing the game the way you practice, never accepting losing etc.

    But there is also a part of Jordan that has "what if" questions in his head. What if I can play 20 minutes a night, how effective can I be? What if I am effective, can I help my team advance in the playoffs. What if I can help another team?

    MJ was the most cocky, arrogant SOB in the NBA during his Bulls years becasue he knew he could back everything up. And that wasn't a bad thing. Just as many players hated Jordan as those who liked him. Jordan did not care either way. One thing that never gets lost is Jordan's LOVE FOR THE GAME.

    He's not pre-occupied with legacies, opinions, failure or sacred cows that are untouchable in the world of sports. One of them is once you reach a certain age, you can't play professional sport anymore, or that you can't suceed and certainly will fail. That's why he decided to try pro baseball.

    Gordie Howe played in the NHL until age 50 or 51. George Blanda played in the NFL until age 50. Satchel Paige was a major leauge rookie at age 47. Minnie Minoso got a hit for the White Sox and I believe he was 57 when he did it. He stung the ball. So there is precedent for success at an advanced age.

    I remember when George Foreman made his comeback after retiring from boxing. The boxing establishment laughed at him, the media laughed at him and a lot of boxing fans laughed him. But when he knocked out the number 1 contender Gerry Cooney, everybody stopped laughing and started cheering for him.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2XlGWhY_5I They continued to cheer for him when it culminated with his KO of Michael Mooer to win the heavyweight championship at age 45.

    I would say to those who would not want to see this turn off the TV, leave the room and let those who want to watch, watch. If he does decide to test the waters and he fails, then he failed. But I would then applaud him for daring the unusual and giving me something new to talk about for the next 20 years.

    Finally don't you guys think just for a minute he would like to test the rules that these guys play under and wonder could he exploit it for his benefit?

    I personally don't think that he would come back at this age. But I have learned never to underestimate MJ. You just don't know what he's thinking. In some of his most famous words about himself, "Never Say Never."

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Great post, Al.

    p.s. Doug, what is the second book on the Wizard day. The only one I am familiar with was from the Wash Post writer which wasn't highly regarded as I recall.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    You would think that people would use some common sense, but it seems that has gone out the window. It irritates me to no end when I hear some of you idiots saying Jordan should be developing his team, which is exactly what he has trying to do, successfully or not. The man can't even take part in a practice session without you vultures taking pot shots at him. He owns that damn team! He's not making a comeback because he was taking a few shots with Gerald Wallace. The guy is firmly entrenched in retirement. He doesn't care about conditioning or staying in shape anymore. Do you know why? Because he is retired! It's a fantasy you idiots, stop acting like this is some kind of news bulletin. What I really find funny about some of you people is that you say what jerk Jordan is because of his hall of fame speech, but you yourselves come off as just as big of jackasses. Calling him a fool and senile, obviously not the most creative insults, but none the less very immature and childish.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I like this. the original one he made was better to me I don't get what happened to it. Still makes you wanna ball.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Quick, had to check my calendar.

    No, it's not April 1.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I don't think it would be that ridiculous. The idea of a 'legacy' is kind of ridiculous to me. Do I think Jordan was less of a player because of his Wizards stint? No. I think it would be impressive, in the same way that Gordie Howe from the red wings was still lacing em up at 50. Satchel Paige, even. There is something so great about athletes playing at a high level at an advanced age.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I think MJ coming back again would be an embarrassing mistake, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him make an attempt.

    As is often the case, his biggest strength is also his biggest weakness - his competitiveness.

  • In reply to folky15:

    Really you wouldn't be surprised? IF he attempted a comeback at age 48, 8 years after his final retirement, you wouldn't be surprised? If that's the case you're extremely gullible or you're just a moron. He made two comebacks jackass, not 10 like some punch-drunk boxer. I don't think a practice session with his team proves anything about a weakness with remaining retired. Stop grasping for straws.

  • In reply to tom455:

    Actually, I wouldn't be surprised, either. Not saying I think it will happen (I'd say less than a 1% chance). However, given his ego & competitiveness, combined with even more rules changes that favor the offensive players, it wouldn't shock me.

    Asides, after watching his former team play all season with Bogans as a starter and still manage to be a top 3 seed, I'm sure the idea seems less ridiculous to Jordan (and yes, I think he could step on the floor after some practice time and be immediately better than present-day Bogans).

  • In reply to folky15:

    Yes, I'm calling you idiots for your idiotic responses to a damn video. I would say if you act idiotic you deserve to be called out for your idiocy. It seems as though this how people are now. Someone doesn't have to do anything wrong to be ripped anymore. Jordan was practicing with his struggling team, maybe trying to give them a little confidence, but is called out by these idiots. He's not trying to make a comeback and he's not senile

  • In reply to tom455:

    It's a fun idea that people around the sports world have mentoned due to Jordan's recent activity. So we're all discussing it. For fun. Because we like the Bulls and he used to play here. Does that not make sense to you?

    And if you don't think there is at least a 1% chance that Jordan might come back, you know very little about the man. He is pathologically competitive and cares more about winning than anyone has ever cared about anything. That is not opinion, that is fact accepted by anyone who has ever known, met, or read about him.

    So this is not irrational conversation. It is a fun topic about a far-fetched idea that still has some seedlings of reality. So as Mitchell said, lighten up Francis.

  • In reply to DanFrystak:

    I know how competitive he is. He's kind of crazy, I know this. There is no way however, that a man his age will come back to the NBA after being out of the league this long. It will never happen. It doesn't warrant discussion and acting like it is a forgone conclusion is just plain ridiculous.

  • In reply to tom455:

    You seem to be master of the insult and strawman argument.

    You're form of discussion of:
    insult
    insult
    insult
    refute point no one is making
    insult
    insult

    is quite persuasive.

  • In reply to DanFrystak:

    BRAVO, Dan!!!

  • In reply to DanFrystak:

    tom4555,
    So, if someone else's OPINION differs from your OPINION, that makes them a fool? Unless you are MJ's bff and he is telling you first hand information about how he is never coming back, then you have no more of a clue than the rest of us. If he does come back at the age of 50, even to simply check in to the game, run up and down the floor a few times, get an assist or two, maybe make a basket, it would be one of the greatest sports stories ever. And give us yet another reason to remember him and tell our grand kids about him. You, on the other hand, will be forgotten as soon as I end this sentence in a period.

  • In reply to rattler:

    Rattler aka SNAKE. I don't think that MJ wants to be a modern day Minnie Minoso. If you don't know who he is then use Google. Minnie Minoso was the first Latin born player to play for the White Sox in the late 1950's. he was an All-Star and some believe he should be in the Hall of Fame.

    Minnie came back as a DH for the White Sox at the age of 57 and got a line drive single. It was great theater. But I always wondered what would have happened if someone threw a high hard one under Minnie's chin? Would he be able to get out of the way? Would any pitcher have the guts to do it? So what I'm asking is would the integrity of the game be compromised because opposing players didn't want to disrespect him? That's another discussion.

    But I I'm not his BFF but I DO know him and I DID cover him. Everyone IS entitled to their opinion even if it's goofy one. I DON'T KNOW if he's EVER coming back. He could tell us yes today and then CHANGE HIS DAMNED MIND!!! He has a right to do that too! Then on the other hand it it could be vice-versa. If you watched the new NBA 2K11 game that he's on, he said that said that he wonders what it would be like to compete with the Kobe's, LeBron's etc. he would like to know how they would have measured up to him!!!

    But even he knows he can't play at the level he was accustomed to at his age. You can't beat father time forever...I'll remind you that he said Never say Never, but realistically LET IT GO!!! It's great fantasy, but IT AIN"T HAPPENING....

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Mike's struggled with retirement, but has not degenerated into such a no life clown as to try and play professional basketball when he's nearly 50 years old.. is he? The wah-wah HOF speech was enough of a botch job. Let's leave well enough alone.

    Maybe he and Charles could just put on a two on two exhibition game against Wade and LeBron. Oak bitch slaps James off the court, and Micahel steals Wade's shoes so he can't play. Get real!

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Moron, he made one ill advised comeback with the Wizards nearly ten years ago. He's not coming back just because he was practicing with the team he owns. Do yourself a favor and get over his hall of fame speech already. You sound like an even bigger baby crying about a year and a half later. You sound like a jackass.

  • In reply to tom455:

    btw, even though the Wiz didn't reach the playoffs, barely missing both years, he did manage to average 22.9 and 20.0 ppg with them. 20ppg... AT AGE 40!!! I'd say that's a feat in itself. how many 40-year-olds do you think can average 20 a game in the NBA?

    I wouldn't be so quick to call people idiots and morons just for having some fun with this. I wouldn't be surprised if he came back and averaged 10 a night. still impressive.

  • In reply to tom455:

    video gives me the chills

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    C'mon MJ...Focus your time on building corporate relationships and developing a team. He is becoming senile ..maybe..because even his son said he will beat him in a game. Or is the Charlotte team so bad that MJ got himself thinking comeback from a practice session.
    Maybe him and Oakley can have an exhibition session with LBJ/Bosh and show how the old guys played and make Bosh cry a little bit:-)

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Are you stupid or just ignorant. Jordan is not coming back you fool, and developing his team is exactly what Jordan has been trying to do. It's amazing to me the lengths people will go to to try and rip someone like Jordan. They'll create an imaginary comeback in their mind and then rip Jordan for not developing his team and then call him senile, which obviously makes absolutely no sense. The guy takes part in one practice session and people come up with this crap.

  • In reply to tom455:

    Do you even understand sarcasm in a sentence? And BTW, don't start calling other stupid/ignorant/fool if you don't understand what others write. Have some decency and comments can be made in a proper way. Stop screaming verbally and don't think everybody else is dumb when you are that one..

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I'm supposed to read your sarcasm over the internet. Kiss my ass if you think I'm decent, I don't give a damn. I just want to let you dopes know that I'm sick of you.

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    In reply to tom455:

    you need to stop being an ignorant and mean a$$hole
    have a nice day now, and keep your rude comments to yourself

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Well, Doug, I guess this qualifies as a "slow news day"...I too loved that video but as I explained the other day, there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that MJ ever plays another game in the NBA. Here's what I said on Saturday or Sunday:

    "Good grief Doug, I'm sure ixonflex's comments were a joke! If not, they should have been a joke. Beyond the obvious reasons you stated (48 years old and 30 pounds overweight), here's a couple more: Right now MJ's all-time points per game average stands at something like 30.1, which is the all-time best...BUT it's just a couple of points or whatever ahead of Wilt Chamberlain. So do you know how I know that Michael Jordan, even if he was the same age and in the same condition as when he returned to the Wizards, would never play again in the NBA? Easy - because if he played more than a handful of games (and I'm not enough of a stats geek to figure this out exactly, someone else can be my guest), he would not only see his career PPG average drop below 30 per, he would also fall to Number Two behind Chamberlain, and we all know MJ's ego is too big for him to ever allow either thing to ever happen.
    I rest my case."

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    This is almost as pathetic as the Brett Favre situation.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Wow, are all you people as stupid as you sound? Some guy on Youtube creates a video about a make believe Michael Jordan comeback and you act like it is real. I'm actually worried for some of you because of how moronic you sound. He's 48 and has been retired for 8 years! He's not coming back because some idiot, likely similar to some of you, made a video and put it on Youtube.

  • I've got news for you pal, I don't post on any message boards. It's a complete waste of time. The only reason I'm here is because I came across this and read the comments. I was irritated by them and wanted to respond, so I took 2 seconds to register. I'm not interested in this idiotic website or that trash ESPN.

  • In reply to tom455:

    Please get some help!!

  • Careful Mitch, you might well be having a verbal tussle with The Michael Jordan, posing under the pseudonym of tom4555.

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    Good luck going against Kobe Bryant!!! You'll need it. He will tear you apart on the quick break and points off the bench

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