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Posted at 3:26 PM ET, 02/10/2011

Michael Jordan shows his old moves in Bobcats' practice

By Cindy Boren

Maybe Michael Jordan is aiming for a comeback with his sons, a la Gordie Howe. Or maybe he was just making himself useful.

In any event, he suited up and participated in a full-court scrimmage when the team he owns, the Charlotte Bobcats, found itself shorthanded for practice Thursday afternoon.

"He's Mike. He's been kicking our [butts]. He still has it," Gerald Wallace said of his boss, according to the Associated Press. "He doesn't have this quickness, but he can score, he's a shooter. The last thing to ever go is your jump shot and he has that."

Jordan, who can cling to 47 like grim death until Feb. 17, hasn't played since 2003 and had no comment after practice.

"He's holding these guys accountable and it's great. I love him out here," his coach, Paul Silas, said. "He's teaching them how to protect the basketball, how to play hard on defense, how to talk. It's a good thing. The guys work a little bit harder when he's out here and rightly so because he's working hard. You're not going to let him do a job on you if you've got any pride."

After practice, the AP reported that Jordan was slumped in a chair with ice bags on each knee.

"He can still shoot the basketball unbelievable and he can move well. But at his age, he couldn't do it for a long period of time," Silas said with a smile. "But short period of time, he can get it done, yeah."

By Cindy Boren  | February 10, 2011; 3:26 PM ET
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He should come back and play like 10 minutes a night. Shoot Shaq does it all the time.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | February 10, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I think that Jordan has all the skills and desire he needs to come out of retirement for 10 minutes every other day of decent-to-good general managing. And definitely cater it to his skill set, putting him in position to be successful at his age. No major decisions during those 10 minutes - just sitting in the GM seat and "managing" the team while people take pictures. Maybe some choices about uniforms or which hotel to stay in for away games. And keep him the hell away from draft picks. Draft picks are a young man's game. Jordan doesn't need to be screwing up his knees getting in or out of the chair to watch video on this guy or that guy. Let the other guy playing GM for the team the other 23 hours and 50 minutes deal with that.
We can do this!

Posted by: minorthread | February 11, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

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