- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 18, 2001

For almost an hour yesterday afternoon, Michael Jordan was a member of the Washington Wizards and not the president of basketball operations for the team.

Jordan, who at 38 is contemplating a return to the NBA this season, was mistakenly identified on the team's Web site as a player and pictured alongside other players on the 2001-2002 roster.

Jordan's likeness was later removed from the Web site as both the Wizards and the league acknowledged that it was done inadvertently.

"It was nothing more than a clerical mistake," said NBA spokesperson Tim Frank.

Anticipation of Jordan's decision has mounted around the country in recent weeks, though sources have indicated that Jordan might push back his decision until right before training camp, which begins Oct. 2.

Jordan had said he would make a decision on whether he will end his second retirement this week. However, in light of the terrorist attacks on the country last week, Jordan canceled a news conference that was scheduled for Thursday at which he was expected to announce his decision.

Yesterday's mistake was made by Elias Sports Bureau. Elias, located in New York, helps provide statistical information to the NBA for its Web site, NBA.com. The league is responsible for posting information on the individual teams' Web sites.

The Wizards were unaware of the posting until numerous fans called their downtown office.

"I spent a whole lot of time on the phone when it first went up, said Maureen Nasser, director of public relations, "but it was definitely a mistake. Obviously people are paying attention to rosters wondering if he's going to return."

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