Michael Jordan told the Chicago Sun-Times Monday that he will return to the NBA as a member of the Washington Wizards in the upcoming season.
He will hold a press conference in Washington, D.C., in the next 10 days to officially announce his decision, Jordan said, adding that the only way he will not come back is if his knee troubles him too much to play.
'I'm doing it for the love of the game,' Jordan told the Sun-Times. 'Nothing else.'
Jordan made his comments about returning outside of a gym on the west side of Chicago where he has been playing with other NBA players to test his skills.
Jordan, 38, retired for the second time in January 1999 after playing 13 seasons and winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. A year after retiring, he purchased an interest in the Wizards franchise and became the team's president of basketball operations.
Last season, the Wizards finished 19-63, last in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. Jordan will make his return to Chicago's United Center Jan. 19, and his Wizards will visit Milwaukee Jan. 11 and April 3.