When Michael Jordan’s two-year contract to play basketball for the Washington Wizards expired at the end of the 2002-03 season, it was assumed by many that Jordan would be asked to return to his role as the Wizards’ president of basketball operations and de facto general manager – a position he held for a season and a half prior to returning to the court. Instead, then-Wizards owner Abe Pollin informed Jordan that he would not be returning to that post with the franchise. Feeling used, Jordan literally sped away from the Wizards in his Corvette, never to return to the league as an active player.
To hear Kobe Bryant tell it, Pollin and the Wizards lost out on their best chance to make Bryant Jordan’s heir to the mediocre Wizards’ throne. Kobe would have signed with the Wizards to work under Jordan in a mentoring program of sorts had MJ stayed around as GM. Bryant, a free agent in 2004, confirmed as much in an interview with the Washington Post’s Michael Lee that was published on Monday:Read More »from Kobe Bryant confirms that he wanted to join Michael Jordan and the Wizards