Da man himself
Da man himself

The announcement that Michael Jordan is now the part-owner and president of basketball operations of the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, January 19, brings great cheer to fans. Although he won’t be on the court during games, he plans to practice with team members and show them moves that helped to win six NBA championships for the Chicago Bulls.

During Jordan’s days playing guard with the Chicago Bulls, his attitude and talent boosted interest in the entire NBA. Many say the same will be true for the Washington Wizards and the league once again, even though he will be playing the position of a top executive from the front office.

Previous attempts to work with the Charlotte Hornets in his native North Carolina and even the Chicago Bulls did not come through. Yet now as Wizard minority owner, Jordan has a stake in a team with the fifth-worse record in the NBA (12-27). The team has not won a playoff in 12 years.

But Jordan is not dissuaded by challenge. Remember, this is the man that tried professional baseball and professional golf.

As one of the best players who has ever played in the NBA , and a player who commanded a star salary, Jordan now will be on the other side of the table. He’ll have to deal with the salary cap and a team that includes Juwan Howard, Mitch Richmond and Rod Strickland. Each make in excess of $10 million. Conditions that may make it difficult to trade players.

During his press conference, Jordan said, “There are a couple All-Star players, and there are some young players here who probably don't understand real well their chances and opportunities they're being presented with. I think we have to find a way to make them understand their responsibility for the checks they're being paid with. I think that's a good starting point for us. Believe me that's not going to happen overnight. I look forward to turning this thing around in a matter of time, and quite naturally I'm going to try to have my imprints and footprints all over this organization."

Michael Jordan now joins the roster of star players who returned to basketball after they ended their days on the court. Jerry West comes to mind. Others who made the transition include Elgin Baylor and Larry Bird. Many say that when these former players moved into positions in the front office, their previous experiences under the hoop helped win the respect of team members. But Larry Bird's move from the front office to coaching impacted players even more. Who knows if Jordan will redefine the role a front-office executive makes on players? Given his comments during the press conference, he plans to play a big role.

Jordan said, “I don't get to wear the Wizards uniforms, but hopefully I can influence those players that wear the Wizards uniforms. I have an attitude about the way I play, I have an attitude about the way I win. My job and my responsibility with this organization is to see if I can pass that on to the players that wear those uniforms."

Earlier this season, Rod Strickland said he wanted to get out of Washington. But with the news that Jordan would be joining the Washington Wizards’ front office, the point guard said he wants to stay.

Speculation is that the more a celebrity player like Michael Jordan is in the news, the more attention is called to his sports cards and memorabilia. But the short-term attention needs to lead to performance in order to win the attention of fans and NBA sports memorabilia collectors. Meanwhile, now that Air Jordan is back in the game, watch the values of modern and vintage sports cards and memorabilia to see what effect he has to the hobby.
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Player
Year
PSA EX 5
PSA EX 6
PSA NM 7
PSA NM-MT 8
PSA-MT 9
PSA GEM MT 10
Michael Jordan
1986-87 Fleer #57
-
-
-
$1200
$2625
$26250
Juwan Howard
1994-95 Finest #288
-
-
-
$6
$12
$40
Juwan Howard Refractor
1994-95 Finest #288
-
-
-
$12
$25
$60
Juwan Howard Foil
1994-95 SP
-
-
-
$5
$10

$100

Elgin Baylor
1961-62 Fleer #3
$80
$120
$200
$525
$1625
-
Elgin Baylor In Action
1961-62 Fleer #46
$35
$45
$80
$200
$400
-
Jerry West
1961-62 Fleer #43
$175
$250
$400
$920
$2900
-

Jerry West In Action

1961-62 Fleer #66
$65
$125
$200
$500
$1300
-
Jerry West
1969-70 Topps #90
-
$40
$70
$135
$290
-

Larry Bird

1981-82 Topps #4
-
-
$20
$55
$450
-
Larry Bird
1986-87 Fleer #9
-
-
$30
$85
$750
-


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Player
3x5
8x10
Ball
Jersey
Larry Bird
$20
$50
$200
$350
Michael Jordan
-
$175
$515
$700
Jerry West
$15
$70
$150
$225