Michael Jordan Was Talked Into Last Comeback by Wolf Blitzer, CNN Host Jokes


You know that two-season comeback Michael Jordan embarked on with the Washington Wizards from 2001-03, the one that ruined the perfect final image of His Airness' career being his jumper over Bryon Russell in the 1998 NBA Finals?

It turns out that was all Wolf Blitzer's fault.

Blitzer, host of The Situation Room on CNN, likes to claim he had a role in talking Jordan into his last comeback, reports The Washington Post's Michael Lee.

The joke stems from a conversation Blitzer says he had with Jordan at a town hall meeting during the 2001 NBA All-Star Weekend in Washington, D.C.

"At one point, I said to [Jordan], 'This city would really explode if you put your uniform back on and started playing a little bit,'" Blitzer said, according to Lee. "And he laughed. Then I pressed him and pressed him.

"Now, me being the egomaniac that I am, I take personal credit. But I suspect there were other factors besides my excellent questioning that convinced him to come back and play."

Jordan's comeback began seven months later, so if Blitzer indeed convinced Jordan, it must have taken a while to sink in.

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