- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 4, 2002

Michael Jordan, whose future on the court with the Washington Wizards is still up in the air, apparently has opted against having surgery on his knee, something he suggested he might do as a precautionary measure.
An anonymous source told the Associated Press that Jordan "will not have the left knee surgery." Jordan, who said he would play next season only if his knees are healthy, suggested he might have arthoscopic surgery on the knee as a precautionary measure against the possibility of further injury.
Jordan was unavailable for comment yesterday.
Jordan, who ended his three-year retirement last season with the Wizards, played in 60 games before surgery on his right knee ended his season.
Jordan led the Wizards in scoring (22.9) and assists (5.2), and he was third in rebounds (5.7).
Jordan likely will announce whether he is coming back later this summer. It had been reported that Jordan would make an announcement concerning his future in the coming days.
However, Jordan representative Estee Portnoy told the AP that "any reports of Michael announcing a decision in the next few weeks are erroneous."' Portnoy also said "Michael does not yet have a timetable for announcing his decision."
Jordan has not yet started working out publicly. However, a source confirmed that Jordan has begun weight training in private in an effort to strengthen his knees.

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