A select few men have hung around in the NBA past the age of 40, and even fewer have made it past 45.
In fact, it appears that only one player has played after the age 44, and that was when 45-year-old Nat Hickey played in one game in 1948 and missed all six of his shots from the field for the Providence Steamrollers.
The oldest players of the modern era were Kevin Willis (44 in 2007) and Robert Parish (43 in 1997).
But at least one current NBA player thinks Michael Jordan could shatter those age marks. His Airness, who will turn 50 on Sunday, last donned an NBA uniform 10 years ago.
So if Jordan was to suit up this week, how would he fare? Los Angeles Lakers forward Antawn Jamison said Jordan could surprise some people.
"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 ESPN LA. "I wouldn't doubt that at all, especially if he was in shape and injuries were prevented and things of that nature."
Jordan still takes an active role with the Bobcats, and has even participated in practice.
During his Hall of Fame induction speech in 2009, Jordan mentioned playing at age 50, and despite laughter from the audience, he wasn't joking.
"One day you might look up and see me playing the game at 50," Jordan said. "Oh, don't laugh. Never say never. Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion."
Could Jordan really come off the bench as a contributor at age 50? Probably not. But, hey, weirder things have happened.
(H/T to Larry Brown Sports)
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