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Jordan may play again, report says

Published Mar. 31, 1999|Updated Sep. 29, 2005

Michael Jordan is considering returning to the NBA as a player for the Charlotte Hornets, Fox Sports News reported Tuesday night.

Jordan, who retired after leading the Chicago Bulls to six championships, had preliminary talks with the Hornets and NBA officials about purchasing a 50 percent share of the team.

The possibility of his playing for the Hornets is a new twist.

Fox Sports said one possible scenario would involve Jordan playing one full season for the Hornets while his ownership shares were held in a trust or otherwise deferred.

That scenario also would include Phil Jackson being brought in to coach the team for one year and Dean Smith, Jordan's college coach at North Carolina, being brought aboard as team president.

Jordan's agent, David Falk, could not immediately be reached for comment.

At his retirement press conference in January, Jordan declared himself "99.9 percent" retired.

NETS: Center Jim McIlvaine had successful surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left shoulder and will miss 3{ months.

NUGGETS: Rookie Keon Clark was taken to hospital as a precaution to have his chest X-rayed after an examination revealed a shortage of air entering his lung. Nuggets spokesman Tommy Sheppard said Clark had no history of breathing problems. Doctors hoped the congestion was the result of a flu.

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