Popular ESPN personality Bill Simmons and his NBA on ESPN cohost Jalen Rose sat in front of a camera to record the NBA Preview for the B.S. Report on Grantland.com.
During the episode, Jalen made a striking prediction for the 2013-14 NBA season.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) October 3, 2013
That’s right. Jalen Rose expects 50-year-old Michael Jordan to come out of retirement and don a Charlotte Bobcats uniform or one game this season.
It’s quite a bold prediction.
Unfortunately, as the Grantland Network and Danny Chau suggest, it is quite unfounded.
According to Article XXIX, Section 8, of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, entitled “Limitation on Player Ownership”:
During the term of this Agreement, no NBA player may acquire or hold a direct or indirect interest in the ownership of any NBA Team; provided, however, that any player may own shares of any publicly-traded company that directly or indirectly owns an NBA Team.
Jordan’s current situation as the majority owner and chairman of the Bobcats prohibits him from suiting up as an NBA player.
The legalities involved in trying to make even a one-game comeback possible are quite overwhelming. It simply doesn’t make sense.
And, even though Simmons presumes that Rose tends to “know things,” there is no amount of inside knowledge that can supersede the collective bargaining agreement.
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