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Is Michael Jordan Planning To Start A 50 and Over League?

Before he and his class were inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame, Michael Jordan served basketball fans and his admirers with a speech highlighting the individuals and events that provided fuel for the internal drive leading him to become one of the greatest athletes in sports history.  His speech, which was often funny and at other times raw and biting, but always grateful if not gracious, offered us a fascinatingly candid glimpse of that competitive edge which put fear in opponents and put out teammates who did not possess the will nor desire to match his intense need to win.

Michael spoke to us in a way that promises to confound many who don’t understand what it takes to be, or what it is to be great at something that you love and appreciate with all your heart.  He probably disappointed those who thought he should have been soft and graciously corporate immediately before riding into the sunset so that his memory could be neatly packaged and shelved in their minds, only to be dusted off for sports anniversaries and cross-generational comparisons to the next anointed G.O.A.Ts.

If we listened closely, however, we heard Michael tell us that his passion was borne from a burning childhood desire to prove that he belonged, whether it was amongst his competitive siblings, or on the cover of Sports Illustrated with teammates as a college freshman or mentioned in the same breath as the stars who preceded him, like Isiah Thomas, George Gervin, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson who he respectfully named.  We also heard amongst the laughter and remembrances, that his childlike passion for the game still lives within him and that he is not prepared to be separated from the game and buried beneath accolades and idol worship.  He is still alive and maintains a desire to compete and to prove he belongs.  Michael said,

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We are left to ask ourselves whether he was kidding or teasing us.  Is he preparing to pull a George Foreman and pop back into his sport at 50 to challenge an older Kobe or join LeBron in his prime, perhaps in New York, to win a 7th championship?  Or maybe, Michael and his body will remember how hard it was as a Wizard with waning magic to compete with the younguns, most of them with the work ethics of spoon-fed children.  Maybe he will settle into his dream to be an owner and instead of joining the NBA, he will come back only to promote his new 50-years old and over league of former NBA and college stars who still have enough game to entertain an audience.   Perhaps he has figured out that if people are willing to watch a declining (darn near reclining) Shaq play sports he has no business playing, people will surely accept watching former stars play on a shorter court for a shorter period of time; perhaps we will even accept gimmicks like trampolines to help our stars regain the hops they once credited to the shoes they wore.  Or even better, the teams would be comprised of former female stars too, perhaps giving a boost to the women’s game in the O Double G (Old Guys and Gals)Summer League.  I’d watch Cheryl Miller outshine her brother Reggie,  Magic and Dr. J any day.

Hey Michael, I’m not laughing.  Old Mature people need old mature role models too.  I can barely dream of being LeBron these days, but if you come back, I could still dream of being like Mike.  It should be a little easier for me in three years, shouldn’t it?

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September 12, 2009 - Posted by | Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan | , , , , , ,

22 Comments »

  1. There is one ” over 50 ” league I’ve read of. That is in
    upstate NY near Saratoga. The article stated there is a two
    year waiting list to get a team in the league. The article also stated ” YOU WON’T SEE DUNKING, HOWEVER, YOU WILL SEE AMAZING PASSING AND PERCISION SET/JUMP SHOTS WITH WELL PLAYED ZONE DEFENSES.

    These teams come from all over the Eastern Seaboard. Indiana, Ohio, Mass, Maine, RI, CONN…ect.
    Go MJ. I’d love to watch a 50 & older league with Magic, Bird, MJ, the Admiral, and too many to list, play at 50!

    Comment by Peaceman | September 12, 2009 | Reply

    • I’d love to watch those guys play. Even better, I would love to play with them. LOL.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. Which of the following drugs should Walsh receive? LMAO~

    Comment by Peaceman | September 12, 2009 | Reply

    • ROFLMAO Peaceman!!!!!!!

      Would it be ok to slip old man “[ ]”onnie Walsh some cyanide?

      Comment by orangeandblue1 | September 12, 2009 | Reply

      • LOL O&B…..that might be the drug of choice.

        Comment by Peaceman | September 12, 2009

      • We need to do a preseason LBE pool on the drug of choice to administer to “[ ]”onnie Walsh.

        I’m hoping cyanide wins the poll. But that ole coot might not be able to swallow that pill with his dentures and all.

        Ought to force it down his throat or via suppository!

        Comment by orangeandblue1 | September 13, 2009

      • O & B:

        See my preferred choice in 4 below.

        Comment by Post-up Prince | September 13, 2009

    • ROFLMAO. So funnny, I had to invite my wife into the blog domain to check it out. LSD may be appropriate to trick a turtle into believing time has passed more rapidly than it actually has. If Walsh believes 2010 has already passed and perhaps he will confuse Curry for LeBron. Then he may be confident enough to spend some money.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 13, 2009 | Reply

      • Good Idea Lives! LOL. Give Walsh Purple Haze and
        he will think Curry is Lebron…then we may be able
        to get a PG and a real defensive big!!!!!

        Comment by Peaceman | September 13, 2009

  3. Time for MODI to write a new story about the worst team in
    the history of Basketball!

    Active Roster
    Active Roster No Player Pos Ht Wt Age Exp College 2008 Salary
    21 Chandler, Wilson GF/SF 6-8 220 22 2 DePaul $1,173,480
    5 Crawford, Joe F/SG 6-5 207 23 1 Kentucky N/A
    34 Curry, Eddy C 6-11 285 26 8 None $9,723,983
    23 Douglas, Toney G 6-2 205 23 R Florida State N/A
    1 Duhon, Chris PG 6-1 185 27 5 Duke $5,585,000
    8 Gallinari, Danilo SF 6-10 225 21 1 None $2,873,520
    7 Harrington, Al FC/PF 6-9 245 29 11 None $9,226,250
    43 Hill, Jordan PF 6-10 235 22 R Arizona N/A
    0 Hughes, Larry GF/SG/PG 6-5 184 30 11 Saint Louis $12,827,676
    31 Hunter, Chris F 6-11 240 25 1 Michigan N/A
    20 Jeffries, Jared GF/PF 6-11 240 27 7 Indiana $6,049,400
    30 Milicic, Darko FC/C 7-0 275 24 6 None $7,000,000
    32 Mobley, Cuttino SG 6-4 215 34 11 Rhode Island $8,92

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ is this a Joke or what??????

    Comment by Peaceman | September 13, 2009 | Reply

    • Insider: MJ could you win with ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      Michael Jordan:^^^^^that limit is a big ass fear! What your asking me is a fuggin illusion!!!!!!!!

      Comment by Peaceman | September 14, 2009 | Reply

  4. Peace:

    With respect to the appropriate drug for DW, cyanide would be much too quick acting. I suggest arsenic in small measured doses administered over time consistent with a turtle-like process of release, waiting time and delayed action. Just be sure to have a large vial of the stuff so that there is sufficient “cap space” available to prolong administration and pain management until the proper cathartic moment, say July 1st, 2010.

    Comment by Post-up Prince | September 13, 2009 | Reply

    • Post up,

      I’m dying man LOL!

      That’s a great choice arsenic administered in a measured manner with all the pills in a large vial to preserve cap space!

      Spaced out man,… all spaced out!

      You should love my upcoming article.

      Comment by orangeandblue1 | September 13, 2009 | Reply

      • i have some methadone from a back injury a couple o years ago.maybe donnie could get happy from these and want to see the knicks win.if anyone wants a laugh,go to the knicks blog(tommy dee) and look at the stupids talk about how the knicks will win the championship because they have TONEY DOUGLAS and how hes so much better than RAMON SESSIONS.i swear about 20 guys said this while they were stroking DONNIES meat! i wanna puke.they are pushing each other out of the way over there ,just to get a small taste of tommy dees hang low

        Comment by auggie | September 13, 2009

      • O & B:

        I look forward to it. LGK

        Comment by Post-up Prince | September 13, 2009

  5. Knicks sign Sun Yue for training camp.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 13, 2009 | Reply

    • Donnie still looking for cheap talent.Maybe he will get lucky with a back-up PG in Pruitt or Yue.

      Comment by D L T Knicks | September 13, 2009 | Reply

    • Wow what a Walsh coup: “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.” LGK

      Comment by Post-up Prince | September 14, 2009 | Reply

  6. Michael Jordan’s Hall of Fame speech is still the biggest topic in basketball. And for the most part, the reviews were not positive. It really amazed me.
    http://www.blurty.com/users/replicajewelry/

    Comment by replicasjewelry | September 13, 2009 | Reply

  7. ROFLMAO again. This in from the LA Times

    “One day you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. [Crowd laughs.] Oh, don’t laugh. Never say never, because limits like fears [are] often just an illusion. Thank you very much.’

    This created more conjecture than it deserved on knicksfanatics.wordpress.com, where a blogger wrote: “We are left to ask ourselves whether he was kidding or teasing us. Is he preparing to pull a George Foreman and pop back into his sport at 50 to challenge an older Kobe or join LeBron in his prime, perhaps in New York, to win a seventh championship? . . . Maybe he will settle into his dream to be an owner and instead of joining the NBA, he will come back only to promote his new 50 years old and over league of former NBA and college stars who still have enough game to entertain an audience.”

    Have a great day, guys. It’s almost 6:00 am and time for me to star in my own 50 and over games at the local Y.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | September 14, 2009 | Reply

    • “limits like fears [are] often just an illusion”

      That line was my favorite of his speech.

      It was Zen like and could only come from one who has done and accomplished so much at the highest level.

      Comment by orangeandblue1 | September 14, 2009 | Reply

  8. NvyK1Q Excellent article, I will take note. Many thanks for the story!

    Comment by Cialis | March 7, 2010 | Reply


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