The Associated Press has reported that Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan will make his third comeback to the NBA after his first retirement from the Chicago Bulls in 1993. Initial reports came out stating that Jordan simply participated in a full-court scrimmage with the Bobcats because they were shorthanded. Soon after the scrimmage, Jordan was seen putting some of his belongings into a Bobcats locker, which had a Bobcats #23 Jordan jersey already hanging in it.
Although MJ is 48, he impressed at least one new teammate, Gerald Wallace. “He’s Mike. He’s been kicking our [butts]. He still has it. He doesn’t have this quickness, but he can score, he’s a shooter. The last thing to ever go is your jump shot and he has that.” There is also talk of Jordan possibly becoming the Bobcats new player/manager, as even head coach Paul Silas couldn’t help but marvel at the legend that is Michael Jordan. “He’s holding these guys accountable and it’s great. I love him out here,” coach Silas said. “He’s teaching them how to protect the basketball, how to play hard on defense, how to talk. It’s a good thing.”
The Bobcats had been looking to improve via trade, but some close to the Bobcats feel that Jordan’s return nixes any chances of the team making a significant move. There is talk that Jordan will start at small forward and Wallace will start at shooting guard. “He can give us 15 points and pretty good defense every night. Plus, the guy’s a winner. Our young guys need to learn what it takes to win,” one team employee said to me after the Bobcats announcement.
Jordan will play his first game for the Bobcats tomorrow night against the New Jersey Nets, in Charlotte. A sellout is expected, and Bobcats Jordan jerseys have already sold out, despite going on sale only 6 minutes ago. Don’t expect 55 points by his third game back, but be certain that you’ll be entertained. Welcome back, Mike.