Posted December 13, 2012

Bobcats players claim owner Michael Jordan could still play in NBA

Ben Golliver, Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Bobcats, Gerald Henderson, Michael Jordan

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By Ben Golliver

Rule No. 1 of playing for the Bobcats: try hard, but let owner Michael Jordan win when he challenges you to play one-on-one or H-O-R-S-E.

Rule No. 2: tell the media afterwards that the Greatest Of All Time can still hoop at a professional level.

Jordan, who will turn 50 in February, visited his team for a little instruction and shooting competition on Tuesday. Afterwards, Bismack Biyombo and Gerald Henderson told reports that MJ, who retired for the third time in 2003, still isn’t washed up.

“He can still play the game, honestly,” Biyombo said. “The way I’ve seen. I think he can still play the game if he want to. Just 50-years-old going after 25-year-olds. Playing as hard as he was playing. He’s pretty good.”

Henderson co-signed that sentiment in comments made to the Charlotte Observer.

“He’s the best ever to play and he’s still got that competitive nature. He always feels he can help you,” said team captain Henderson. “We played one-one-one. That’s always fun. He wants to win.”

How much does a 49-year-old Jordan have left? “He’s still got it. He can still shoot,” Henderson said. “I don’t know about his defense, but he can still score.”

Bobcats.com reported that Henderson said he “went even” with Jordan in a game of one-on-one, but Biyombo said Jordan “killed” Henderson.

Jordan practicing and advising the Bobcats has become an annual tradition. Back in 2011, Jordan even dunked on video during a Bobcats fantasy camp.

In case you were wondering, the oldest player to play in the modern NBA was Kevin Willis, who suited up at age 44. The oldest currently active player is Knicks forward Kurt Thomas, who recently turned 40. The oldest player to ever appear in an NBA game was Nat Hickey, who played in a 1948 game when he was 45.

Biyombo’s statement has me envisioning a nightmare scenario, where Lakers guard Kobe Bryant passes Jordan to move into No. 3 on the all-time scoring list next season before retiring when his current contract ends in July 2014. The ultra-competitive Jordan, needing only a few hundred points to re-pass Bryant, then dusts off the old Nike’s to reclaim his spot on the charts, setting off an endless chain reaction of comebacks between the two players. Good thing that will never happen. (Hopefully.)

Video via YouTube user NBA. | Hat tip on the video: The Basketball Jones

5 comments
BrentBoyens
BrentBoyens

ESPN would die over this...MJ was my idol for a long time as a child but I don't need to see this. As for what the bobcats are saying about how MJ can still ball, It's like saying you like your boss or your boss is doing a great job...as your boss is standing their listening. What else are they gonna say??? If that say he's slow, fat, and old that will be headline news.

Yu-HsingChen
Yu-HsingChen

I dunno if Jordan can still play in the NBA, but he can still definately play on the Bobcats

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

The Bobcats vouch for MJ? That's as legit as Charlie Sheen telling the world that Lindsay Lohan doesn't use drugs.

jwats19731
jwats19731

Question is could the Bobcats really be worse with him on the floor? I know they would sell more tickets though, that's for sure!

DirtyPantiesLover1
DirtyPantiesLover1

last i saw jordan, he had a huge belly and even gained weight in his face. the black clothing is hiding his chubbiness, ala shawn kemp after eating one too many deep-fried MSG-laden five dollar chinese food takeouts at the local lucky china dragon restaurant at a nearby corner in the ghetto