Jordan Refutes Reports of Return
Posted Oct 22 2001 2:13PM
'I'm not going to address this any more,' Jordan says
NEW YORK, March 13 -- Could Michael Jordan's next big acquisition for the Washington Wizards be ... Michael Jordan?
Citing a source identified only as being "very close to Jordan," Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly reported in this week's edition the former NBA great is "90 percent committed" to making a comeback next season with the Wizards. Jordan is currently the team's president of basketball operations.
A Jordan comeback has been fueled by reports he is working out, with some saying he was spending up to six hours a day in a gym to get back into playing shape.
"To run a basketball team with the motivation of coming back to play is against any rules or ethics out there," he told the Washington Post on Tuesday. "I am working out because I got up to 240 pounds and I'm trying to lose weight. Playing basketball at a health club against, in essence, some weekend warriors, is the best way I know how to lose weight.
Jordan's agent, David Falk, also ridiculed the report of his client's return to basketball.
"I think that there is less than one-tenth of 1 percent of a chance that Michael will play again in the NBA. When you hit the last shot in the last second of his last game for a three-peat, how do you top that?" Falk told the Boston Globe.
"He wouldn't play for the veteran minimum; he'd play for the Michael Jordan minimum," Falk said. "And that would only come about if every team chipped in $2 million or $3 million because that's how much it would mean. But money isn't the issue. I wish you would print this so we can put an end to all this foolishness."
Jordan told the Post on March 8 that a comeback "has not crossed my mind, but I will never say never."
"The first time I said never, I ended up coming back, but I can say that there's a 99.9 percent chance that I am not coming back," he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.