Posted February 16, 2013

Michael Jordan’s trainer has program in place for Jordan to attempt comeback

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Michael Jordan’s longetime trainer said that even at 50 years old, Jordan would be the best player on the Bobcats, the team he currently owns. (Kent Smith/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan’s upcoming 50th birthday has brought the basketball legend back into the spotlight and even fueled speculation that he could attempt a comeback.

If Jordan chooses to go that route, longtime trainer Tim Grover is prepared to help. Grover has done extensive research to put together a program for Jordan to follow should he attempt a return to the NBA, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, and believes that Jordan “is still the best player on the Charlotte Bobcats.”

The soon-to-be 50-year-old beat 19-year-old No. 2 draft pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in a game of one-on-one last month, according to CSNHouston.com’s Dave Zangaro.

Jordan’s duties as owner of the Bobcats are the main obstacles preventing him from planning a comeback, Grover told Yahoo! Sports. But Grover also said that if he ever gets the call, he will “be ready for him.”

Fifty pages inside a binder sit on Grover’s desk inside his suburban Chicago home now, information and studies and research and innovations into regenerating the muscle fibers and anti-aging advances and nutrition. From his trips to Europe and Asia and the Far East, Grover has incorporated a small library of intelligence – backed with the most intimate knowledge of Jordan’s body and mind and drive – to create a program that awaits the comeback of all comebacks at 50 years old.

In his last comeback attempt at 38-40-years-old, Jordan averaged more than 20 points per game over two seasons with the Washington Wizards. Grover believes that the Hall of Famer could pull off a similar feat a decade later.

“His skill level was so superior to everyone else, his understanding of the commitment to the task so different, I absolutely believe [Jordan] playing again at 50 is obtainable,” Grover said. “Of course, things have been diminished away from the game so long, but even with what’s diminished by age, by not playing, I still think he’s superior to a lot of the players out there now.”

Jordan has been working out more frequently in hopes of shedding pounds to reach his former playing weight of 218, as detailed in Wright Thompson’s ESPN.com feature.


48 comments
Yeah I Said It So What?
Yeah I Said It So What?

This one will never move pass a dream. No matter who the opponent is, even the G.O.A.T, do not be deceived:  Father Time has been, continues, and always will be undefeated. Period.

beast
beast

While it would be interesting, his weight would need to be much lower and the fact they dont know that says plenty. 

A 50 year olds body cannot handle 218 lbs like a 35 year old. It would be more stressful on ligaments, tendons and muscles that no longer rejuvenate as they once did. He would need to be between 195 and 205 or he would tire to quick and eventually blow out a knee or ankle.  

Moldlives
Moldlives

Maybe David Stern would want to give him another ring.

6marK6
6marK6

Sales must be low at Nike. And I guess espn is finding it hard to to justify having a story about him every day, what with him having retired 15 years ago. Boy oh boy, could the hype artists in the media world blow this crap up into some more sales for nike. One of the earlier posters said he feels sorry that Jordan seems to have nothing else to offer the world, I agree. He made money playing basketball and taking money from nike. He appears capable of nothing else.

peterbuilt
peterbuilt

michael jordan needs to shave that stupid mustache before he goes out the front door.  honestly, doesn't the guy have an assistant or secretary or wife?  someone to say, 'oh michael, before you leave this house, get a clue and use a damn razor.

rene
rene

It is possible! I am 54 and play with high school kids full court and feel great! 6'3" and light!

flavofaze
flavofaze

...Michael Jordan is the best 50 year old basketball player on planet earth...and one of the best over 40 basketball players on earth...but playing one-on-one for 30 minutes one time is very different than playing a grinding season of professional basketball, and that is the difference between a 50 year old man and a 25 year old....Michael Jordan should be making basketball teaching videos by the dozen right now....

Brian76
Brian76

isnt being the best player on the bobcats kinda like being the best looking girl in the trailer park? not really something to brag about?

opaque11
opaque11

Wait a minute, I thought ten years agoyou  yapped and yapped  about going on the Sr. PGA tour and we had to listen to that BS. Now you want to come back and play some hoops. Bro,  do us all a favor and stick to what you do best -   lite a cigar, chase some skirts, roll some dice, play a $20,000 nassau  and crack back on everybody whose done you wrong the last 50 years.  BTW, Lebron would eat your lunch!

IanMonam
IanMonam

I'm over 50 and I would like to think it can be done, but it can't.  Time ends up beating us all, even Michael Jordan.

mbroum06
mbroum06

Dude, come on.... this would be nothing more than a publicity stunt for Jordan and the NBA.  It'd be like a circus act, selling out seats wherever he goes.  Problem is, at 50 years old and having been out of the game for 10 years, he wouldn't last a season unless he only played a little bit each game.  But I can see why he'd try it and why the league might even want him to if he gets serious about it.  The pathetic Bobcats would actually get some people at the games.  And the league in general has become a joke, ranking somewhere between soccer and lacrosse in terms of how many people give a $hit about it anymore.  This would get people to actually tune in to the games.

vivencio
vivencio

MJ is a very smart man to break his LEGACY!

mjgonzalez5
mjgonzalez5

Jordan has accomplish some incredible civil right advances, are you aware of southern white children with a Chicago bulls  #23 shirt in the 90's playing basketball with black children? maybe thats the real Call!

terryk
terryk

Rip Hamilton and Larry Hughes became established players under his tutelage while playing for the Wizards.

The question is whether the knees will hold up.

Yeah I Said It So What?
Yeah I Said It So What?

One of the saddest moments barfed into professional sports history was when Muhammed Ali tried a comeback and got the snot beat out of him by Larry Holmes. Truth be told, the GOAT lowered the bar during his stint with the Wizards.  This time around?  At 50+ years old?

 

As ESPN says..."C'Mon, Man!

 

Truth be told, fact of the matter is, no other way, the fact of the matter is this: 

Father Time has been, is, and always will be undefeated.  Period.  Even for Micheal Jordan.

MichaelC
MichaelC

The only guy who benefits from all this talk is Tim Grover, who must love the free advertising.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

TRT, HGH, EPO....all the capital lettered PEDs wouldn't hurt!

JoeyBagadoughnutz
JoeyBagadoughnutz

well, he sux as a coach, gm, and owner, so why not ?  and he can bring in tiger so they can skank together

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

MJ beating Kidd-Gilchrist says more about the guy that Jordan had a hand in drafting than it does anything else.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

He didn't retire because of his skill level. He retired because his knees gave out. But I suppose after a decade his knees will be better. Right?

l.czolgosz66
l.czolgosz66

Do you remember when he played with the Washington Wizards? Didn't think so.

l.czolgosz66
l.czolgosz66

What is sad, is that Jordan lacks the ability to do anything other than play basketball. He can't go into acting or giving speeches, because you can't understand him when he tries to speak. He can't run a basketball team, because he is not that intelligent. However, because Nike continues to market over-priced apparel with his name on it, he still has financial wealth and media praise every day. He is almost like a one trick circus animal that continues to go back and do the one thing he can do, play basketball. What a significant calling.

Strange Apparition
Strange Apparition

This could be fun. Mike could make a comeback. I'm relatively sure Magic could still do it too. Give Isiah a call...and maybe Pippen, Worthy, Bernard King, and David Robinson too. Either group them together as a single team or spread them out among the bottom feeders? (Man, wouldn't it be awesome to have Magic playing swing-guard with Nash running the ball?) 

 

Realistically, this should be an All-Star weekend event. Hell, didn't they actually do this back in the 80's?

Staz
Staz

I don't doubt that he could still be an above-average player. However I think that the problems would be with enduring a full season and dealing with the daily grind.

dinohealth
dinohealth

Wow! Now, that, would be epic, and, add to the legend. Not to mention the points....

John4
John4

 @Brian76 It's a little better than that.  They ARE NBA players.  And he is 50, so yes, it is something to note.  Can he be the best player on the Bobcats for an 82 game season?  With all its traveling, night games, back to backs, minor injuries, aches and pains, distractions?  No, he cannot.  the NBA is a younger man's game for a reason.  Jordan needs to continue to work on being a better owner so his teams stops sucking so much.  That is what he really needs to do.  

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

 @l.czolgosz66 at the age of almost 40 - Jordan averaged  23 pts, 6rbs, and 5 ast per game - those are prime career numbers for MANY players... and that was with the wizards at the end of his career his last year was 20, 6, and 4.... again, for a 40 year old man at the end of his career ---- MJ just came out of retirement and put up top-tier NBA numbers as a 40 year old man.... you've gotta be kidding me right?

 

 

JarrodWilliamCampbell
JarrodWilliamCampbell

@l.czolgosz66 Uhhh, I can understand MJ just fine. He's much more articulate than 98% of the current NBA thugs. That's why the NBA isn't nearly as popular as it used to be. People don't like the idea of a bunch of thugs getting paid millions and take it for granted. And don't say I'm being racist either. It's not just one race. There are white guys out there too that I sometimes question if they even know how to read.

mjgonzalez5
mjgonzalez5

@l.czolgosz66

Jordan has accomplish some incredible civil right advances, are you aware of southern white children with a Chicago bulls  #23 shirt in the 90's playing basketball with black children? maybe thats the real Call!

 

KelsBells
KelsBells

 @l.czolgosz66 I guess being the greatest to ever strap on a pair is not enough for you? He also has to be the best speaker and actor too??? At least he puts his money where his mouth is in terms of the Bobcats. It's his bottom line noone else's... If he wants to suit up again thats up to him, I'm sure it would be the most watched game all season for the Bobcats.

Rick57
Rick57

 @AaronDunckel  @l.czolgosz66 (Using Mike's own "logic") How many rings did the Wizards win during that time? You've gotta be kidding me right?

eyesnearsent
eyesnearsent

 @KelsBells  @l.czolgosz66 he actually does have a point though...the only thing MJ is good at...is something where he has max control of the outcome. Being a coach, a GM, an owner, etc means you are judged 100% by the results of other people being able to do the job. It would be nice if MJ just went into philantrophy and used his spotlight to help others, we have enough entertainers to capture our attention. 

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

 @l.czolgosz66 bitter much?   the man has grown and expanded his media and memorabilia empire to the tune of 100s of millions of dollars... stop being jealous

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

 @Rick57  @l.czolgosz66 this is the most ridiculous comment of all time.... dude had NOBODY on his team, and at 40 still put up all-star caliber stats.... hes got 6 rings, I dont think he needed to prove anything with washington

ChickenWolf
ChickenWolf

   @l.czolgosz66is this guy racist? or maybe Jordan broke up with him in a really bad way and now he cant let it go?