ESPN NBA analysts share intriguing gift ideas for Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday (#MJat50gifts)

Today, ESPN begins a two-week tribute honoring NBA legend Michael Jordan leading up to his 50th birthday on Sunday, Feb. 17.

The multiplatform celebration includes vignettes on SportsCenter remembering Jordan’s legacy, a robust slate of Jordan’s greatest performances on ESPN Classic and SportsCenter’s Top 50 Jordan highlights with fan participation determining the Top 10.

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Among the notable figures contributing to the project are NBA Commissioner David Stern, NBA All-Stars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul, Basketball Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Bobby Knight and Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist COMMON.

To light the first candle on the Jordan birthday cake, Front Row asked our NBA commentators, analysts and reporters one important question: If you could get Michael Jordan anything for his birthday, what would it be?

The ideas for the North Carolina grad, Chicago Bulls’ six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Bobcats chairman are both insightful and amusing.

Flip Saunders:
What do you get the greatest player to play in the NBA for his birthday, especially when he has all he wants? I decided to give Michael a Birthday Basket which includes the following:
• Two season tickets to the Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball games
• A Duke, home jersey, No. 23
• A year’s supply of Powerade
• And, if it existed, a signed copy of former Chicago Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause’s book How Management Wins NBA Championships Year After Year, with a foreword by Phil Jackson.

Kurt Rambis:
If I could give Michael Jordan anything for his 50th birthday, I would give him back the game, Dec. 23, 1988, when I hit a buzzer beating shot over him and his Chicago Bulls for the expansion Charlotte Hornets. I’m sure that loss has haunted him his entire career.

Tom Penn:
A 10-game winning streak and $30M in salary cap room.

Antonio Davis:
Jerry West, Donnie Walsh? Hopefully, he will get the message! Mike needs some help putting together a playoff team. On a serious note, I would thank him for all he has done for this sport that has been a blessing to me and my family.

Dave Pasch:
I would give him a one-game contract just to watch what he could do for one night in the current NBA.

Bruce Bowen:
The Ultimate Franck Muller watch, because of all of his accomplishments, his legacy continues like the finest timepieces in the world.

Chris Broussard:
A Charlotte Bobcat with half of his combination of athleticism, fundamental skills, basketball IQ and determination. That would at least get them into the playoffs.

Chris Mullin
• Swim lessons. It’s unacceptable for the greatest athlete of all time to be afraid of pools, ocean, lakes etc.
AlterG Treadmill to help the 50-year-old stay in shape.
• A GameReady to keep that swelling down.
• A lifetime supply of epsom salts for the 5 p.m. hot bath before bedtime. Happy Birthday, Michael!

Jon Barry:
I would give him a bat that could hit curveballs and a golf swing like Fred Couples.

Share your own gift ideas for Air Jordan on the occasion of his 50th birthday by using the hashtag, #MJat50gifts