By TED SILLANPAA
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?