Michael Jordan will turn 50 years old on February 17, meaning he's less than a decade older than the oldest NBA player in the league today. Obviously there's no way he could come out of retirement and play in today's über-athletic NBA.
Or is there?
On the surface, it sounds like a bizarre thing to even think about, a quinquagenarian playing in the NBA.
The oldest player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers and play professionally, Nat Hickey, gave up the game in 1948, in a time when you could get away with pulling down a few cigs during halftime and playing until your knees fell off so long as you could hit an eight-foot set shot.
He was 45.
Aside from that, the dudes who usually last the longest are the seven-footers who are smart enough to play defense at the rim and mobile enough at an old age to stay on the court for four or five minutes at a time.
Even when there are guys playing into their 40s, it usually means they're buried on the bench, squeezing the last bit out of a solid NBA career. There's really nothing left to prove other than the fact that they can get another paycheck.
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