Will Air Jordan ever be sucking wind?

Updated: October 9, 2002, 2:00 PM ET
By by Stephanie Sluke, STATS. Inc.
Six championships, 30,652 points, 13 All-Star selections.

When Michael Jordan decided to make another comeback attempt prior to the 2001-02 season, there was no lack of media attention surrounding his second return to the NBA. So far this offseason, his decision to play a second year with the Wizards hasn't received as much fanfare, but the question still remains whether he should continue his playing career.

In 2001-02, Jordan came back to a younger and tougher league, a league anxious to show him that he wasn't the same player he once was. In 1997-98, Jordan's last season before his second retirement, the Kobe Bryants, Ray Allens, Paul Pierces and Tracy McGradys of the basketball world had yet to make their mark in the NBA. But now that they have established themselves, can a man 15 years their elder really hope to continue playing at a high level against them on a nightly basis? Judging from Jordan's overall numbers last season, his skeptics certainly could build their case.