Hey, Birthday Boy: Please Stay Away

Hey, Birthday Boy: Please Stay Away

Don't do it, Michael. Perhaps we're all a bit curious about your game at 50, but only to a point. We'd like to remember the great Michael Jordan in his prime.

Jordan has been back in the news this All-Star weekend, from a series of birthday tributes to the inevitable comparisons to LeBron James. Friends say it's killing him to be out of the game, away from the competition he so fiercely dominated. Reports suggest he's in great physical condition, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the gifted rookie forward of the Charlotte Bobcats, told reporters that he recently lost a one-on-one game to Jordan, who owns that team.

"It was hard for me," Kidd-Gilchrist told USA Today. "He's the greatest man that ever played the game. Oh, yeah. He's good."

We're even hearing reports that Tim Grover, Jordan's longtime trainer, would be prepared to work on a comeback on a moment's notice. "His skill level was so superior to everyone else, his understanding of the commitment so different, I absolutely believe his playing again at 50 is obtainable," Grover told Yahoo Sports. "I still think he's superior to a lot of the players out there now."

That may well be true, but if this is strictly about Jordan's ego - ignoring the dismantling of his reputation - it would be a big mistake.

 

 

 

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