Jamison: MJ could still score double figures
by Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY Sports
Today’s entry in ridiculous hypotheticals: How would Michael Jordan fare if he returned to the NBA today?
In his Hall of Fame induction speech, Jordan joked about making yet another comeback at 50. And with Jordan turning 50 next Sunday, someone asked Lakers forward Antawn Jamison what he thought Jordan was capable of.
“I wouldn’t doubt that in the right situation with a LeBron (James) on his team or with a Kobe (Bryant) on this team, he could get you about 10 or 11 points, come in and play 15-20 minutes,” Jamison said Friday, according to ESPNLosAngeles. “I wouldn’t doubt that at all, especially if he was in shape and injuries were prevented and things of that nature.”
Los Angeles sports talk shows will now accept your call on whether 50-year-old Michael Jordan can fix the Lakers.
Jordan averaged 20.0 points per game in 37.0 minutes during his final season in 2002-03. Though today’s offense-friendly landscape would aid Jordan, he’d still be working against players more than two decades his junior in the middle of their primes.
And would Jordan really be able to accept a bit role after never playing fewer than 37 minutes per game in a full season?
We’ll just have to imagine what Jordan could have accomplished if he returned and let out a Molly Shannon-esque “I’m 50!” after every score.