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Age: Can Jordan defeat his great opponent?

Updated: September 26, 2001, 10:27 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

The early scuttlebutt from those summer pickup games in Chicago bordered on the hysterical. One breathless account crossed the line entirely:

Michael Jordan ... couldn't even dunk.

Of course, reports of Jordan's professional demise were greatly exaggerated. The fact is, he probably will be dunking on his grandchildren at the age of 60.

Still, at the advanced age of 38 -- Jordan turns 39 in February -- those who wonder about the level of his performance in the coming months are ...

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