Ever since Michael Jordan left the NBA, he packed on more than a few undesirable pounds, but because he's planning
a comeback to get healthy, he wants to get back to his playing weight of 218!!
We love MJ at the weight he is right now, and no one cares that he got bigger, but unfortunately he does, and ESPN's Wright Thompson is sharing all the deets behind Michael's new feat.
"In Charlotte, he starts thinking about 218.
Every morning since returning from the islands, he's been in the gym. At mealtime he texts his nutritionist to find out what he can and can't eat. Ostensibly, the reason is that he stepped on a scale after leaving the excess palace of Mister Terrible and saw this number staring back: 261. Nine days later, sitting in his office and surrounded by basketball, he's down to 248. He'll claim it's about health, or looking good for his 50th birthday party. But in his mind, there's a target: 218, a familiar and dangerous number in Jordan's world.
That's his playing weight.
When he mentions that [fiancé] Yvette [Prieto] never saw him play basketball, he says, 'She never saw me at 218.' On the wall of his office there's a framed photograph of him as a young man, rising toward the rim, legs pulled up near his chest, seeming to fly. He smiles at it wistfully. 'I was 218,' he says."
Guess when it all comes down to it, Jordan might just be trying to make a comeback because why else would he want to drop his weight and talk about how he could guard LeBron James without a struggle?!?
Hmmm… that definitely sounds suspect, but until the basketball legend makes a move, we won't know the real reason as to why he wants to slim down!!
[Image via DJDM/WENN.]
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