Michael Jordan says he's just trying to take a little off the middle

Wednesday, March 14th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Washington -AP) -- While the rumors are flying fast and furious about a Michael Jordan comeback after a Sports Illustrated report, Jordan says his recent intense workouts are just the battle of the bulge.

The Washington Wizards part-owner tells today's Washington Post the rumors are way off base. He says he's been in the gym because he's simply gained too much weight, getting up to about 240 pounds.

Jordan also notes he'd have to sell his interest in the team to suit up again -- something he doesn't want to do.

S-I reported Jordan was planning to come back and play for the troubled Wizards. But Jordan's agent says the chances of the former N-B-A star playing again are just about zero.