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Jalen Rose Predicts Michael Jordan Will Play for Charlotte Bobcats in 2013-14

December 13, 2011; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats principal owner Michael Jordan during training camp at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
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Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistOctober 3, 2013

Despite the fact that he's 50 years old and hasn't played an NBA minute in a decade, Michael Jordan is primed to make a comeback.

Well, that's the story according to ESPN's Jalen Rose.

Rose dropped his outlandish prophecy during a taping of his NBA preview series with Bill Simmons, saying, "I'll make a quick prediction for the Bobcats...Michael Jordan is coming out of retirement and playing one game this year."

The Sports Guy was appropriately stunned—and a little delighted—by the bombshell. 

Let's get one thing straight: Rose hasn't put a whole lot of thought into his proclamation.

There are major hurdles to Jordan suiting up for the Charlotte Bobcats that go way beyond his age and time away from the game. Owners can't just walk onto the court whenever they want.

Yes, Jordan threatened to return at age 50 during his infamous Hall of Fame induction speech. But nobody took him seriously then, and we'd all be crazy to consider the idea now.

No matter how good his fadeaway looked four years ago, there's just no way Jordan would ever risk embarrassment by coming back.

I mean, there's no way he could handle today's young athletes.

The NBA is loaded with fresh talent that would love to get a shot at His Airness. Even the least experienced pro could take care of Jordan at this age, right?

So he beat Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Big deal.

I bet he can't even dunk anymore. Who wants to watch a 50-year-old Jordan lay the ball up?

Hmm. All right, I give up. I'm ready to talk myself into Rose being right. Who cares about logic, NBA rules and the realities of advancing age?

Suit up, MJ! We're all waiting.

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