Michael Jordan playing at 50

imageskkAntawn Jamison said that Michael Jordan could average double digits at the age of 50 if in the right situation. “I wouldn’t doubt that in the right situation with a LeBron on his team or with a Kobe on this team, he could get you about 10 or 11 points, come in and play 15-20 minutes,” said Jamison before on Friday night.

Michael Jordan joked at his Hall of Fame induction speech, “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,” or was he?

Jordan has been retired for a decade, and should stay retired. It was bad enough we had to watch him play in that Washington Wizards jersey. Yes he had that great all-star game, other than that though, less than impressive by Jordan standards. He averaged 22.9 points and 20.0 points per game those two seasons in Washington. In comparison he averaged 28.7 points per game his last season with the Bulls.

Do we really want to remember Michael Jordan coming off the bench at 50? Johnny Unitas stayed too long in football, as he played his final season in San Diego. Most people do not remember this of Unitas as we weren’t alive and the news media wasn’t minute to minute as it is today.

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We should want to remember Jordan with his tongue out driving to the basket with such fury and skill it seemed so effortless to him. We want to remember him dropping 63 points at The Garden, switching hands for an amazing layup¬†against the Lakers in his first NBA Finals. We want the image of him shrugging his shoulders and shaking his head at the announcer’s table.

Jordan has created so many memories in everyone’s mind of his superior play. Playing in the Finals with the flu and scoring 38 points. All of his games against the Bad Boy Pistons and the Knicks with John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Patrick Ewing.

michael_jordan_scottie_pippen_flu_gamemed2Can Jordan score double digits if in the right situation at age 50 like Jamison said? Most likely yes he could, Michael’s game was as much mentally driven as it was physically driven. Obviously Jordan’s physical shape will be well below what it was in his prime, and well below his theoretical competition. With that being said Michael would use his mind and put himself in position to score. Antawn Jamison’s statement raises the thought of what if he could? It shouldn’t though raise thoughts of “he should.” Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all-time. Let’s hope he doesn’t ruin his legacy and our memories by actually bring Jamison’s statement to life. By Steve Kish

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