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numba1CHANGsta
12-14-2011, 12:56 AM
When he un-retired for the second time, wouldnt you think he would have signed with a contender? Someone explain this :confused:

king4day
12-14-2011, 12:59 AM
I think it's one of two things.

1. He truely missed the game and was willing to play for whomever would have him.
2. He was told that he'd get a front office job on the the side if he played a couple years for the team to help with attendance.

Raps08-09 Champ
12-14-2011, 01:00 AM
Wasn't he part owner of the Wizards at the time? Or GM or something like that?

billsftw
12-14-2011, 01:01 AM
he did it for the ***** and giggles

Il Mago50
12-14-2011, 01:03 AM
Because Wayne Brady makes Bryant Gumble look like Malcolm X

jrm2054
12-14-2011, 01:03 AM
Your aware he owned part of the team right??? That's why he played for them.

numba1CHANGsta
12-14-2011, 01:04 AM
So he wanted part ownership? oh thats right it was his idea to draft Kwame Brown, lmao!

Cal827
12-14-2011, 01:06 AM
He thought that he would be able learn the dark magic in order to absorb his opponents talent just like what he saw in Space Jam. Unfortunately for him, it only worked on Kwame Brown.

GiantsSwaGG
12-14-2011, 01:07 AM
Chicago sucked and Pippen wasn't on the team!

Swashcuff
12-14-2011, 01:11 AM
Can't believe a none American had to come and correct all you guys

:9/11:

^That's why

Pierzynski4Prez
12-14-2011, 01:13 AM
He pulled the same thing Roger Dorn did in Major League 2.

If I also remember, he donated 100% of his salary to a 9/11 foundation.

Kevj77
12-14-2011, 01:13 AM
He was a minority owner.

Swashcuff
12-14-2011, 01:14 AM
He pulled the same thing Roger Dorn did in Major League 2.

If I also remember, he donated 100% of his salary to a 9/11 foundation.

Correct is right. He donated all his money earned on his NBA contract.

MassoDio
12-14-2011, 01:18 AM
Because he was part owner for the team, the team was losing games and money, and he knew that if he came out of retirement, he could make both of those situations better.

Once he un-retired, every arena sold out, and they were close to making the playoffs the second year.

He also became the only player in NBA history to score 40+ points in a game at the age of 40+. That couldn't have hurt his ego any. Plus Michael was the ultimate competitor and I don't think he could stand by and watch as the part owner of the team, as they stunk it up and didn't compete. He knew he still had some game in the tank and couldn't stand not playing.

Gootie42
12-14-2011, 01:19 AM
Can't believe a none American had to come and correct all you guys

:9/11:

^That's why

Nope.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1iYl8UekJs


They were reporting his return before anything happened.

Bruno
12-14-2011, 01:19 AM
because he didn't want to backup Kobe ;)

seriously, i think it was just the love of the game, and the love of competition. plus, the dude could still play, although inefficient in scoring.

Swashcuff
12-14-2011, 01:20 AM
Because he was part owner for the team, the team was losing games and money, and he knew that if he came out of retirement, he could make both of those situations better.

Once he un-retired, every arena sold out, and they were close to making the playoffs the second year.

He also became the only player in NBA history to score 40+ points in a game at the age of 40+. That couldn't have hurt his ego any. Plus Michael was the ultimate competitor and I don't think he could stand by and watch as the part owner of the team, as they stunk it up and didn't compete. He knew he still had some game in the tank and couldn't stand not playing.

Ulterior motives? :laugh2:

I'll just go with what I heard him say but I can see why he'd do that from a franchise/part owner POV as well though.

Swashcuff
12-14-2011, 01:29 AM
Nope.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1iYl8UekJs


They were reporting his return before anything happened.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R9dK2W6-X4

They weren't reporting his return. They were speculating as to what he may do given the situation of the team in which he was a part owner. He didn't return till the 25th of September that year.

Tanakid777
12-14-2011, 01:36 AM
Because Wayne Brady makes Bryant Gumble look like Malcolm X

classic. Negrodamus FTW :laugh2:

Gootie42
12-14-2011, 01:41 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R9dK2W6-X4

They weren't reporting his return. They were speculating as to what he may do given the situation of the team in which he was a part owner. He didn't return till the 25th of September that year.

The best basketball player of all time, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, doesn't randomly decide to come back after three years and donate a couple million dollars' salary because of 9/11. He was playing basketball the entire summer and was preparing to return.

DodgerBulls
12-14-2011, 01:45 AM
He was a minority owner.

This and that business move is a great one. Not only that earned the team a lottttttttttttt more money, but he also get to feed his appetite. It didn't really hurt his image so it was a great move nonetheless.


Correct is right. He donated all his money earned on his NBA contract.

Did he donated all? From what I read, he only donated a portion of it. Anyway, they made more in ticket and merchandise sale so that salary is just chump change for the team and him.

DodgerBulls
12-14-2011, 02:10 AM
^ Church!

richiesaurus310
12-14-2011, 03:03 AM
I always wonder what this team woulda been if they had traded the first pick for elton brand instead of the bulls and clippers doing it for tyson chandler, if they had signed hakeem olujuwan instead of toronto, and if mj had convinced charles barkley to unretire and join the wiz which seriously almost happened, just watch a replay of the kwame brown draft

MTar786
12-14-2011, 03:07 AM
because he had to make it up to them for drafting kwame

redhorse
12-14-2011, 03:24 AM
So he wanted part ownership? oh thats right it was his idea to draft Kwame Brown, lmao!

A lot of ppl actually dont kno but he didnt want kwame he wanted elton brand.

http://www.thatnbalotterypick.com/2009/03/david-falks-bald-truth-mj-did-not-want.html

dodie53
12-14-2011, 03:35 AM
because he can

abe_froman
12-14-2011, 03:38 AM
When he un-retired for the second time, wouldnt you think he would have signed with a contender? Someone explain this :confused:

he was apart of was front office ,so didnt have the ability to sign with contender...besides it wasnt about winning another ring.he still felt like he had some left in the tank and wanted to provide his young wiz core with some vet leadership(too bad it didnt work)

GeraldRFord
12-14-2011, 08:05 AM
He pulled the same thing Roger Dorn did in Major League 2.

If I also remember, he donated 100% of his salary to a 9/11 foundation.

This. It was about giving to 9/11 charities. That was his given intent, though I would assume he also missed the game.

GeraldRFord
12-14-2011, 08:06 AM
I remember Nike or someone did a commercial when he finally retired and it was some kid asking like "IS THIS REALLY IT?! YOU'RE NOT GONNA COME BACK? REALLY?!" over and over quickly and then it ends with something like "well, thanks".

thekmp211
12-14-2011, 09:15 AM
it all probably started on a bet with oakley.

DitchDat
12-14-2011, 09:17 AM
Wasn't it a publicity thing where he donated his salary to a good cause or something like that? I remember reading that somewhere. I also believe that he was trying to get Charles Barkley to sign with the Wizards too and that it almost happened.

RLundi
12-14-2011, 09:20 AM
He was part-owner of the team at the time. Playing somewhere else would be contractually impossible unless he fully resigned from his position and tried out for another team.

RLundi
12-14-2011, 09:21 AM
Wasn't it a publicity thing where he donated his salary to a good cause or something like that? I remember reading that somewhere. I also believe that he was trying to get Charles Barkley to sign with the Wizards too and that it almost happened.

I believe he donated it to the 9/11 fund.

GeraldRFord
12-14-2011, 09:36 AM
I remember Nike or someone did a commercial when he finally retired and it was some kid asking like "IS THIS REALLY IT?! YOU'RE NOT GONNA COME BACK? REALLY?!" over and over quickly and then it ends with something like "well, thanks".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_FP-spVFz8