Jordan reverses, agrees to join Olympic squad


CHICAGO -- Michael Jordan has decided to accept a U.S. invitation to play in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, according to a source close to the Chicago Bulls superstar.

According to the source, Jordan couldn't pass up the opportunity to play with the best players in the world. Jordan also indicated that he would like to win another gold medal, having won one with the 1984 Olympic team.

Jordan was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Jordan's agent, ProServ vice president David Falk, sidestepped the issue.

Reached at his Maryland home last night, Falk said: "We haven't confirmed that he is playing. He never said that he wouldn't play. He simply said that it might be better to give someone else a chance to play since he had won a gold medal."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that sources close to Jordan said he agreed to play, fearing a backlash that would hurt his endorsements.

"I would say categorically that his decision will not be based on economics or any fear that this would impact on his endorsement opportunities," Falk said.

The newspaper also reported that Boston Celtics star Larry Bird agreed to play, joining the Los Angeles Lakers' Magic Johnson and the New York Knicks' Patrick Ewing, who have accepted invitations to play for the United States.

But Bird's lawyer, Bob Woolf, told The Boston Globe that the forward is not "100 percent sure" he wants to play on the team.

According to Journal-Constitution, the Bulls' Scottie Pippen, the Philadelphia 76ers' Charles Barkley, San Antonio Spurs' David Robinson, Golden State Warriors' Chris Mullin and Utah Jazz's Karl Malone and John Stockton have accepted invitations.

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