Posted August 12, 2013

Video: Michael Jordan dunks at age 50

Ben Golliver, Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan
(Michael Jordan Flight School)

Michael Jordan is a two-time Slam Dunk Contest champion. (@MJFlightSchool)

Shortly after Michael Jordan turned 50 on February 17, Clyde Drexler got in a few one-liners at his longtime rival’s expense.

“Man, he’s old,” Drexler joked during All-Star Weekend in Houston. “I hope he enjoys it, has fun and gets ready for the next 50. He’s just making the turn. We’ve got to go to the back nine.”

The legendary Bulls guard showed this week that he shouldn’t be shipped off to the golf course permanently just yet. During his annual Michael Jordan Flight School camp at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Jordan proved that he can still rise up and throw down.  On Thursday, the camp’s Twitter account posted a photograph of Jordan dunking as one camper watched from the paint.

Update: Here’s the video.

Back in 2011, a 48-year-old Jordan easily dunked with his right hand at a “Fantasy Camp” for Bobcats fans.

There’s little doubt that we will be seeing photos and videos of Jordan, winner of the 1987 and 1988 Slam Dunk Contests, throwing down for years to come. After all, a documentary recently captured Julius Erving dunking at the age of 63, and you know MJ won’t let anybody, not even Dr. J., one-up him.

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In case you were wondering, April 16 marked the 10-year anniversary of Jordan’s final NBA game. He tallied 15 points, four rebounds and four assists as his Wizards lost to the Sixers 107-87.

Photo via @MJFlightSchoolHat tip: Slam Online

Top video via  via YouTube user Baldur H. Icelandic NBA fan | Hat tip: Reddit NBA

Bottom video via YouTube user Kelli Bartik

17 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

He still barely needs to jump...

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Hey, I'm 61 and I can still throw down a dunk. I can't swear the rim is at 10 feet. In fact, 6' isn't even likely. But I sure can throw it down.

YaValioCacaWate
YaValioCacaWate

MJ being so close to the goal already, should not take much effort for him to dunk.  If he could grow some hair; now that should be Fox 4 news worthy news.

JohnRocha
JohnRocha

When MJ can dunk in 13 years when he's 63 then he will even the dunking score between him and the Doctor, until then not so much......

6marK6
6marK6

Nike pays what used to be known as "payola" to most media outlets. The purpose of this payola is to get exposure for athletes or former athletes that nike has clothing lines dedicated to. With espn it is in the form of giving announcers and anchors nike endorsement lines. You can look it up. Lee Corso and all of those guys actually have shoe contracts from nike. This is payola designed to get maximum coverage for their "stars." Why else would you have at least one feature story about Michael Jordan every week, more than a decade after he was relevant. You might have noticed that the lead story on Sunday was Tiger Woods' third round at the PGA. He is in 48th place. Sadly, too many stupid people buy into the nonsense and just become enamored with these sacred cows.

KeithKoloff
KeithKoloff

If you have seen Jordan in person he is NOT 6'6

M20
M20

Why is this news? Former NBA players of his height should be able to dunk for most of their lives.

shamahluwalia
shamahluwalia

This article is so stupid. 

MJ is six freakin' six. 

He should be able to dunk on his deathbed. 

Big flippin' deal. 


6marK6
6marK6

And Nike can still write stories for espn and cnn/si.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@6marK6 And expect some 'feel good' stories about all those athletes that DON'T use PED's to  start hitting the wire. A-Rod and the rest of the cheaters have been getting so much press it's time for some favors to be called in ("You still want access to our players? How about a nice story?"). Quid pro quo. 

shamahluwalia
shamahluwalia

@KeithKoloff He's always been officially listed as 6'6". 

Sure, he may not be that actual height a la Barkley ... but that's just semantics. In fact, people "shrink" as they get older as their soft tissue lessens. 

However, making a big deal about Jordan dunking @50 is like making a big deal about Arnold Schwarzenegger bench pressing 80lbs @50. 

It's a total non-story. 


magicalhorton
magicalhorton

@shamahluwalia @KeithKoloff  

 of course its a non story. He just isn't and never was 6'6".

6'4" or maybe a weak morning 6'5", as he has been measured at both these heights.

and "ala Barkley" nothing. Almost no NBA player is listed at their actual barefoot height.