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Michael Jordan played some one-on-one with Bobcats

Dec 12, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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He’s not quite the same explosive player he was, even from his Wizards days, but it’s safe to say that even at age 49 Michael Jordan’s post footwork right now will best a lot of the Charlotte Bobcats.

A few of them got to find out first hand as Jordan waded into a team practice and then played some guys, reports the Charlotte Observer.

It has become an unofficial annual event: Bobcats owner Michael Jordan shows up at a home practice in workout clothes. He watches, he instructs, he gets the old itch. Eventually he wanders out onto the court and ends up playing one-on-one with the midsize guys.

This year it was Gerald Henderson and rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, with injured Tyrus Thomas throwing Jordan entry passes. Everyone left smiling, and maybe a little more savvy about basketball, too…

“He’s still got it. He can still shoot,” Henderson said. “I don’t know about his defense, but he can still score.”

What I think we all want is Jordan to work with Kidd-Gilchrist on jump shooting form. But that can wait until another practice.

  1. doctorfootball - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    A 49 year old Michael Jordan is still better than most of the players on that roster

  2. fanofevilempire - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    that must have been better than some of the games in the NBA…….

    I wish I could have peekin in on that……………………….

  3. bmoreballer023 - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Once a shooter always a shooter, the problem is staying in shape. I bet he could still go out there and score 30 easy, ok maybe with like 10 or 12 FT in the mix.

  4. therealgts - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    No chance in hell a 49 year old MJ could score 30 in an NBA game today.

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      I think the real question is, could he take the grind of the season, not can he drop 30 one time.

      • eventhorizon04 - Dec 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        I think Jerry Rice said it best. He said that for a lot of athletes, they could probably – probably come back for 1 game, and if they went all out, give a vintage performance.

        The problem is post-game recovery – it gets harder as they get older.

        That’s true for football and basketball. I have a ton of respect for MJ, but I don’t think any 49 year old could slog through 82 games, with back-to-backs, etc. However, I think he could come in and make some shots. He’d probably be best playing as a small forward in the low post now that he’s gained some weight and lost some speed and explosiveness.

        I wouldn’t trust him to keep up with the young guys on defense, especially against guards, but hey – Steve Nash is practically 40, and he’s still a viable starter (when healthy), and Jerry Stackhouse at age 38 is a solid contributor off the bench.

  5. schoolsinsession1979 - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    If M.J was in shape and played more than 25 games, he would have at least one 30 point game, for sure.

    Problems would be defending.

  6. fballlvr22 - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    “I’M BACK” MJ

  7. teabone413 - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    no denying skill…. but jordan is the biggest jerkface off all time. kind of sad that someone with so much talent is rotten on the inside.

    • lbroberts123 - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      I think you spelled Kobe Bryant wrong.

    • mytthor - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      I’m the first one to mention that people pretend Jordan wasn’t a jerk; but biggest of all time? Rotten inside? Calm down.

  8. libertynchurch - Dec 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Its an urban legend that MJ permanently took Kwame Browns game during one of those one-on-ones. Hope things turn out much better for Kidd-Gilchist.

  9. brianjoates - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    If Jordan worked out everyday, played ball everyday for a month or two he could be ready for a 20 game stretch in the league at 49, and after 20 the fever would be uncontrollable, he would be the old MJ of the 90’s in his head. You never lose your knowledge of the game. You understand spacing, passing, off ball movement. You don’t lose your sweet touch from the outside, thats why mechanics/ fundamentals are taught from the start. You become the old man you hated playing pick up with, he boxed the heck out of you, you could never get around him, his game was brute and below the rim. You just adjust and make others play your game.

  10. glink123 - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    38 is a LONG way from 49. MJ wouldnt last 12 minutes.

  11. packfaninvikeland - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Give Jordan a NBA finals Series at 49, give him the entire season and post season to train, guarantee he helps that team in that series in 5.

  12. jordanismyidol - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    teabone413 is a numb nut

  13. teabone413 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    I speak bc I’ve met the dude. How many of you ball washers have even seen him in person…. Let alone speak to him?

    Like I said. Skills aside, he’s a big douche.

    • p31squared - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      If you had some jackoff walking up to you every five minutes for the past 25 years wanting your autograph or to “meet” you, you’d probably be a big douche to them, too.

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