Paul Silas: Michael Jordan can still play

Updated: February 11, 2011, 4:33 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Give him some time to get in shape and Michael Jordan could average 20 points a game in today's NBA, Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas said.

A day after watching Jordan -- a Hall of Famer and Bobcats owner who turns 48 next week -- play in a full-court scrimmage with his team, Silas said his boss has still got it.

"If he got in shape he could probably average about 15 to 20 points a game, no question, because he still has the shot," Silas said Friday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "If he got in shape, he would probably average 20 because he can get the shot off, he can make them, and he has just an uncanny knowledge of the game.

"He really understands how to play and that's why he is important to my guys and what they should be doing out there and what they should be looking for. It's just phenomenal what he can still do at that age."

Jordan, the former Chicago Bull who averaged 30.1 points a game in 15 NBA seasons, averaged 20 points in his final season with the Washington Wizards in 2003 as a 39-year-old.

He has been spending more time at practice and shootarounds recently, even doing some teaching on the floor for the Bobcats. At the end of Thursday's workout, Jordan was slumped in a chair with ice bags strapped to both knees.

"He comes and works out with the guys, we make him shoot before practice, and he's in the shooting lines," Silas said. "He's doing the drills with them and getting up and down the court. It's exciting to watch him. He still has it. He can shoot that thing still. He's not as athletic as he once was but who is? He talks to them and he's been a huge help because the guys respect him and they respond to what he is saying."

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