Despite being 50, former trainer to the NBA legend believes Jordan could still perform today.
After the former Chicago Bulls and NBA icon Michael Jordan turned 50 on Sunday, there were intriguing questions among fans and the media as to whether ‘His Royal Airness’ could still play at the top level.
Well according to one NBA trainer, he still believes Jordan can average 20 points a game, a feat that would still be respectable in the league now.
Tim Grover said in an interview on WFNZ radio that while he could still perform at a high level, he would struggle to play for an entire 82-game season.
“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.” Grover said. ”
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.”
The question on every NBA fan’s mind if number 23 did return is simple – how would he get on? The sad case is though, it will never happen. The hall of fame inductee is currently the owner and GM of the Charlotte Bobcats and that is the way it is staying.
Regardless of the fat that he allegedly beat last years first round pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in a game of one-on-one, there is no way he would return to the game. It is faster and more physical than it was during his career, and at 50, even the greatest of all time wouldn’t be able to keep up with the players of today.
If he ever did come back, while it would make every dream come true from 1990 NBA fans, it would ruin the memories of those he had created for millions of people during his career.