NEW YORK, Sept. 25 -- NBA Commissioner David Stern issued the following statement after the Washington Wizards announced that former team president Michael Jordan will resume his playing career:

"I am happy to welcome Michael Jordan, the player, back to the NBA, although, as Commissioner, I'm sorry to lose him in the boardroom.

"Michael has always brought joy to basketball fans around the world and, in these difficult times, we can all use a little more joy in our lives."