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Wizards' Owner Feels Jordan Will Play Again

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April 10, 2001|Associated Press

The owner of the Washington Wizards said he has a "gut feeling" that Michael Jordan will return to the NBA next season.

In a front-page story in today's Washington Post, Wizard majority owner Abe Pollin said he believes the odds are that Jordan, 38, will play for the team next season. Pollin stressed that he did not know if Jordan has made up his mind yet.

"The odds are that he's going to come back," Pollin said. "I think he's going to decide whether he's going to be able to play at the level that is satisfying to him."

Jordan, a part-owner and president of basketball operations for Washington, has consistently said that he's 99.9% sure he'll never play again.

In order for Jordan to play again under NBA rules, he would have to divest his ownership interest in the Wizards.

Jordan retired from the Chicago Bulls in 1999.

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