$60 million Pistons star hated playing with 40 y/o Michael Jordan on Wizards

Samir Mehdi
|Published September 02, 2022

Michael Jordan on his last legs wasn’t exactly a player this Pistons All-Star wanted to play along with during the 2003 season. 

Michael Jordan entered the NBA for a third team back during the 2001-02 season but this time with a completely different. After spearheading the Washington Wizards’ basketball operations as their president, the 6x champ decided to take matters into his own hands and suit up for the DMV squad for two straight seasons. 

Of course, this wasn’t Chicago’s Michael Jordan as the decline in athleticism was quite noticeable. Despite him nearing his 40s, MJ still suited up for a total of 142 games for the Wizards in those two seasons with the 2002-03 season being his final one in the NBA. 

When you have an aging all-timer like Jordan, a few players can get caught in the crosshairs of their retirement. Players looking for contracts, guys trying to prove themselves, and younger All-Stars in their prime all have their touches reduced to accommodate for the one of the league’s greatest players who isn’t all too great any longer. 

This is what happened to former Detroit Pistons star, Jerry Stackhouse, who was traded from the Pistons to the Wizards after leading them to 50 wins in the 2002 season.

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Jerry Stackhouse on playing with the Wizards. 

“I’m just disappointed because I have to leave my home. I have to leave a fan base that has grown with me since I’ve been here and has been unbelievably great to me,” said Stack about his trade to the Wizards after the 2002 season. There were clear indications of his disapproval of this trade from the get-go yet the Wizards were blind to it all. 

When talking about the 2002-03 season with ‘ForgottenSeasons’, Jerry didn’t hold back, saying on multiple occasions that he wasn’t enthused about being paired alongside an older Michael Jordan. While he did say he revered him, it was tough to get shots up when a 40 y/o MJ was shooting as though it was 1991.

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This season was also the last season that Jerry Stackhouse would play at an All-Star caliber level and also the last time he would average 20+ points per game. The next year, following MJ’s retirement, he would play merely 26 games after trying to recover from an arthroscopic right knee surgery. Despite the injuries however, Stackhouse has amassed an impressive $60 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Also read: Michael Jordan, despite owning a $15 Million Golf Course, could never get ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant to play with him

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Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi is an NBA Editor at The Sportsrush. Ever since he was 13 years old, he’s been obsessed with the game of basketball. From watching Kobe Bryant’s highlights on YouTube to now, analyzing and breaking down every single game on League Pass, Samir’s passion for the game is unwavering. He's a complete basketball junkie who not only breaks down current games but also keenly watches ones from the 60s’ and 70s’ while also reading comprehensive books on the history of the league. Samir’s life revolves around basketball and he hopes that shows in his work. Aside from work, he loves to spend time in the gym and with his friends at social gatherings.

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