Jalen Rose: Michael Jordan will play in a Bobcats game this season
Former NBA player and current media personality Jalen Rose predicted in a video posted Thursday that Michael Jordan will relinquish his duties as owner of the Bobcats and suit up for Charlotte for one game this season.
Bill Simmons, founder of the Grantland website that posted the video, was co-hosting an NBA preview series with Rose when Rose made the prediction. Simmons alluded to the fact that Rose has been correct in the past with his bold predictions; Rose had previously said James Harden would get traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder after the 2011-2012 season.
If Rose is correct and the league somehow allows Jordan to make the transition, if only for one game, it would mark the first time in NBA history that an owner steped down to play in a game. The Bobcats, who are changing their name back to the Hornets beginning in the 2014-15 season, believe they have improved over the offseason from a 21-61 record that placed them second-to-last in the Eastern Conference last season. Charlotte upgraded its front court with the offseason acquisition of Al Jefferson from the Utah Jazz and the selection of big man Cody Zeller with the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft. Still, as SI.com’s Rob Mahoney points out, there’s “not a chance” Rose is correct with his recent prediction about a 50-year-old MJ lacing up his Jordans for the Bobcats this season.
Then again, if there ever was a time that Jordan would return to the game after retiring in 2003, this season would be it; at the end of his 2009 Hall of Fame acceptance speech, he said people shouldn’t laugh if he returns to the game at 50:
“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.”
Footage of Rose’s prediction about Jordan: