The First Fan
Posted Sep 21 2001 12:00AM
Former President Bill Clinton welcomes MJ's return to the NBA
Count President Bill Clinton among the most excited to see Michael Jordan return to the NBA, with a connection between the two men that runs from Chicago to Arkansas to Washington and now New York.
"Scottie Pippen, I met him when I was the governor of Arkansas and have known him since he was a young boy and playing in college," Clinton explained.
Clinton would team up with Al Gore to run the nation for eight years, while Jordan and Pippen ran the NBA table for six titles. The Clintons still lived in the White House when Jordan retired for the second time and came to Washington as president of basketball operations for the Wizards.
But while Clinton's eventual departure from office was permanent, Jordan's wasn't. The First Fan reflected on the imminence of another Jordan comeback during a recent visit to the NBA Store in New York.
"He's a very impressive man and a very smart man," the First Fan said of Jordan. "And he wouldn't do it for the opening gate, just for the media hype. He wouldn't do it if he didn't think he could compete at the same high level."
Clinton also believed Jordan's intelligence showed off the court, in his front office maneuverings with the Wizards.
"It was interesting to see what he did in the draft, taking a great young player right out of high school," Clinton said regarding No. 1 pick Kwame Brown who now becomes one of Jordan's new teammates.
"I hope so. We're trying to work it out to get back," Clinton said. "I'm supposed to be somewhere else, a way long way away -- I can't remember where now -- but we're trying to get back because I'm just a huge basketball fan and I like him."
An executive echo as fans across the country welcome MJ back.