“One day you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. Oh, don’t laugh. Never say never. Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”
Antawn Jamison, the power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, told a YouWager news source, “MJ Could Still Play In NBA.”
He was serious.
As YouWager’s dedicated NBA basketball betting fans know, very few players have stayed in the game beyond the age of 40. Even less ever made it past 45. YouWager’s top researcher tells us that in basketball’s modern era, the oldest players were Kevin Willis, who played at 44, back in 2007, and 43 year-old Robert Parish in 1997.
Antawn Jamison raised eyebrows recently when he said he thought that Michael Jordan could still cut it in the NBA. In spite of the fact that Jordan turns 50 this month, and hasn’t played in 10 years, Jamison told YouWager’s source that he thought Jordan could still surprise the fans.
Jamison said, “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,” I wouldn’t doubt that at all, especially if he was in shape and injuries were prevented and things of that nature.”
It may not be such as strange idea, actually. As the majority owner, Jordan is known to take a hands-on approach with the Charlotte Bobcats. He has been seen practicing with the team. When he made his speech at the Hall of Fame, Jordan floated the idea that he might return to play, at the age of 50. Some fans in the audience laughed at what they thought was a joke. Jordan made it clear he was serious. Stranger things have already happened in Michael Jordan’s life. And he does own a team. When Charlotte’s winning percentage dropped to the lowest in the league during the 2011 NBA basketball wagering season, Jordan said, “I’m not real happy about the record book scenario last year. It’s very, very frustrating.”
Could that frustration with the Bobcats lead “His Airness” to return to the game? He would surely sell some seats. In Jordan’s biography on the NBA’s website, he is still called “the greatest basketball player of all time.” Jordan, is of course, one of the most effectively marketed athletes of all time, too. As he said his speech, “Never say never.”
YouWager’s research expert recalls the announcement that excited basketball betting fans everywhere, years ago. The press release was only 2 words. It merely said, “I’m back.”