Michael Jordan turns 50 this week, so there’s lots of talk about how he could still play for an help an NBA team. We really have trouble seeing our sports heroes as mortal, obviously.

Jordan’s overweight and out of shape. His skills were other-worldly when he was the greatest player in the history of the NBA, but had diminished greatly by the time he retired nearly a decade ago. As a man who celebrated his 50th birthday hitting the gym to do the same workout I did on my 30th birthday, I speak with authority when I say that MJ at 50 couldn’t help an NBA team.

He couldn’t do it as an everyday 50-year-old American male. He’s sliding downhill physically, just like the rest of us.

Jordan could get in shape and regain some of the skills we so loved. We could see Jordan (and see Barry Bonds come back to the big leagues), if we knew what Human Growth Hormone does and understood the value during the aging process of other performance enhancing drugs. If Jordan, and Bonds, could use PEDs under the guidance of scientists who know how to use them … they could return. And, players in their late 30s could do the same and play until 50.

Imagine that you could watch Michael Jordan and Bonds come back to their games and contribute, maybe help your team win. As a 50′something man, I think that would be wildly interesting because I really enjoyed those two … and I’m convinced PEDs aren’t evil if used for the right reasons. (And, at my age, anything that would help me get more fit and get back to how I felt in my youth seems quite appealing.)

Would Jordan using PEDs and HGH at age 50 to prepare to return to the NBA, to entertain us again, be the right reason to reconsider our view of the substances we’ve largely demonized?

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  1. Matt Everson

    Been saying this for years. Club owners invest millions in these players, fans pay thousands to see them via tickets, tv subscriptions and other ways. But they can’t take a substance that might help them stay on the field?

    An athlete can reconstruct a knee or shoulder surgically. They can improve vision with surgery. They can take pain meds galore….all of which are performance enhancing. But not testosterone or hgh! God forbid! But why forbid? Why not study and understand the real dangers and benefits? And keep a man like Bonds or MJ on the field or courts little longer?

    February 14th, 2013 9:57 am

  2. swiller

    Lol, great headline! Keep up the nice work Ted, you are starting to grow on me.

    Way too taboo right to be a real discussion, but I’m all for it. Let them have it. Great for fans and would be a boon for medical science progress.

    February 14th, 2013 11:04 am

  3. overtime

    Swiller…Thanks. I try not to write those campy headlines used to lure page views … but, once in awhile I stumble on one and realize it afterword. A headline like: “PEDs could bring Bonds back to Giants” would get hits and could’ve been on a story like the one I wrote theorizing about what PEDs and HGH can do for great athletes in their 40s and 50s. I’m fairly certain that PEDs and HGH are about more than giving baseball fans a reason to complain about their beloved records being broken. TED

    February 14th, 2013 1:16 pm

  4. overtime

    Matt…I agree totally. Fans are being misled regarding the value of HGH and PEDs. If used wisely and under proper care … they can make us feel better and live healthier lives. But … so many of us choose to think of them only as some evil to befall our beloved games. TED

    February 14th, 2013 1:18 pm

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