Friday, February 22, 2013
Thibs: Jordan proved it all already
By Nick Friedell
CHARLOTTE -- Could Michael Jordan still play in the NBA at a high level at the age of 50?
That question that has been bouncing around the league ever since Jordan himself broached the topic in his famous Hall of Fame speech and gained even more traction when the legendary former Bull hit his 50th birthday last Sunday. Los Angeles Lakers forward (and North Carolina alum) Antawn Jamison even weighed in, saying he believed Jordan could still be successful.
"I wouldn't doubt that in the right situation with a LeBron James) on his team or with a Kobe Bryant) on this team, he could get you about 10 or 11 points, come in and play 15-20 minutes," Jamison told reporters recently. "I wouldn't doubt that at all, especially if he was in shape and injuries were prevented and things of that nature."
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau didn't exactly echo those sentiments when asked about the topic before Friday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats, but he did acknowledge that Jordan could still produce at a high level for a few games if that's what he decided to do. The veteran coach isn't sure Jordan would still want to do that for an entire season.
"Heck, I have enough to worry about with my own team," Thibodeau said. "You're talking about an all-time great, maybe the greatest of all time. I think he's done with that phase and his record speaks for itself. I don't know at 50 years old if he could live up to the standard that he had established throughout his entire career, but I'm sure if you talked about could he do it for one game? Probably. Could he do it for a few?
“But he's an all-time great player."