“We’ve had no communication about that. … When he made that comment in the Hall of Fame speech, it was the one thing that stood out to me and I said, ‘You know what? I better be ready just in case I ever get that phone call.'”
– Time Grover, Michael Jordan’s personal trainer, on his return to the NBA
Tim Grover recently spoke with a YouWager new source about the rumors that Michael Jordan is considering a comeback. As Jordan’s trainer, he has some inside knowledge of the great player’s attitudes and abilities at this stage of the superstar’s game. When a local radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina began to debate the possibility of Jordan’s return to the NBA, Grover was asked how he would rate Jordan against someone like LeBron James. Some sportsbook bettors even seemed to be speculating that Jordan would be the best player on the Charlotte Bobcats.
So what kind of scoring could Jordan accomplish at the age of 50?
Grover told YouWager’s source, “He’d average 20. Yeah, he’d average 20. … Listen, would he be able to go out and get through an 82-game season? One thing people also [forget], he had no major injuries. … But yes, Father Time is undefeated. But again, there’s so much advancement out there … in anti-aging and so forth, so it is possible. I don’t think that he would come back unless he was 100 percent ready.”
Grover also hinted that a super-competitive person like Michael Jordan did not adapt easily to retirement. Grover told YouWager’s source, “It’s pretty easy to tell that there’s just something in him that makes it hard for him to not be playing. Any person that is that great at what they do, it’s always hard to walk away when you know, in the back of your mind, that you can still go out there and do the things you used to do. It’s extremely, extremely tough. Then when you have situations when you go out and young guys challenge you on the team and you end up beating them … it just kind of gets the competitive juices going even more.”
Some of YouWager’s NBA basketball wagering fans no doubt are wondering if MJ spends much time pondering if LeBron James is better than he ever was.
Grover doesn’t think Jordan worries about such comparisons. “I don’t think so, that it bothers him. But again, being a competitor, he’s definitely hearing it. And it’s part of what’s probably stirring things up a little bit is this whole debate,” Grover told YouWager’s source. “But I don’t think it’s bothering him, because listen, records and greatness, you always think somebody’s going to come along and dethrone you. I don’t think it’s going to happen, but LeBron’s on one hell of a streak right now. … But, again, there’s a long way to go to do what M.J. did, not only including the championships, but the rest of the stuff along the way.”
If Jordan came back, would he automatically be the best player on the team he owns?
An NBA basketball wagering pro at YouWager reminds us that it’s important to remember that the Charlotte Bobcats are still a young team. Because Jordan is so competitive, YouWager’s NBA expert said he would continually be raising the bar. And yes, his skills are probably still better than many of the younger players. The competitive spirit is the major factor, he says.
But don’t get your hopes up, YouWager bettors, Grover doesn’t think his client will come back to the game. Then again, Jordan warned those who laughed at his remark about playing at 50, “Never says never.”