WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Wizards are about to be bolstered by the return of the greatest player in franchise history if multiple reports are true. According to sources close to retired Wizards legend Michael Jordan, the 53-year old is playing pickup games to get in shape for a return to a Washington team that has won 14 of its last 17 games to rocket up the Eastern Conference standings. Adding Jordan to the roster could make them the favorite to knock off Cleveland and reach the NBA Finals.
Friends of the former Wizards guard say he has been inspired by the outstanding play over the past year by Tom Brady, Jaromir Jagr, David Ortiz, Serena Williams, Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter — all considered advanced in age for their respective sports. While significantly older than all of them, Jordan believes he still has something left in the tank after ending his career in 2003 at the age of 40.
Jordan averaged 21.2 points per game in two seasons with Washington as the Wizards went 74-90 and almost made the playoffs twice, undoubtedly making those two years among the greatest in the history of the franchise. Jordan would now be added to a roster that includes John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter, providing a veteran presence to the young team.
However, there are still a few hurdles left before Jordan officially returns. He has asked that Doug Collins be hired as head coach, and has also requested that Wall, Beal and Porter be shopped for other pieces. The Wizards are reportedly open to those possibilities, but will not budge on another issue.
“Under no circumstances will we bring Michael back if he wears that Hitler mustache he sports sometimes,” said a front office source. “Things are too hot politically in this country right now for him to do that.”