Updated: December 14, 2009, 11:42 PM ET

Season At One-Quarter Mark

Iverson's Return Mirrors MJ's

By Henry Abbott

An aging superstar, after trying retirement on for size, finds a new team.

Despite everything he has done, despite everything he has won, believe it or not, there are still those who doubt him. They must be taught otherwise.

Amazingly, some do not know the depths of the competitiveness in the man's soul. Age, slowing him? Please.

He graces a mediocre team with his big name and big game, creates a fan sensation, sells some tickets and prepares, in his mind, to rewrite the history of the franchise by mixing his improved jumper with the creative and daring forays into the paint that made him famous.

Only … returning from the layoff is tough. The aging is real. The drives into the paint are met with bigger, stronger, faster and younger defenders.

There are some stumbling blocks out of the gate. The body is not quite what it once was. There are some losses.

The Internet has always said this celebrity is like a zillion others in enjoying the nightlife. Who cares? Maybe nobody. But it's clear the player did not arrive in championship form, and may have to "play into shape" a little.

Some of what's happening with the body, though. That's new. Check out all the fluid in that knee. Draining that fluid helps the symptoms, but trainers and doctors agree draining the fluid doesn't do much about the underlying cause. Addressing that the conventional way is extremely time consuming, and is centered on weeks or months of taking it easy.

This is the story of Michael Jordan, long-retired Bull, as a brand-new Wizard in 2001.

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