About this Article
In theory, it's just a number. But for many it's a crisis, signaling an inevitable, unavoidable look at the flip side. For Michael Jordan, turning 50 carries greater implications. It means losing a battle with the calendar -- and this is not a man familiar with accepting defeat. He was an immortal with a red cape, leaping skyscrapers in a single bound. Yet, suddenly, the mirror offers no solace. The only Magic he sees is when he runs into his old Lakers pal.