PJ: I don't see myself being a homebody. I spent 40 years in basketball. I feel like I deserve a chance to live what I call a "civilian's life"—someone that's not programmed by a schedule and has to play games at night. I want to watch Modern Family. That's what my kids tell me I have to watch.
Do you think Clippers rookie Blake Griffin needs to change his game to develop his career?
PJ: This guy is going to be a multidimensional player. He's not going to be content just doing those twirling, whirling dunks. As his progress goes along, we all hope he does have the ability to monitor when it's important to do that type of slam. There's a reason his knee gave out last year. You can only contort and extend that body so often. Sometimes it's going to get you in trouble.
Did you have to say that to Michael at some point?
PJ: A lot of my friends used to say, "Tell Michael he doesn't have to dunk anymore. He's proven he can do that. Keep working on that jump shot. Someone's going to take him down. It could be ruinous." But in Michael's last three years he was very considerate about monitoring his game. He dunked the ball to make sure it was going to go in. But it wasn't the type that was happening in the '80s.
Paul Silas said Jordan could still average 20 points per game. What do you think?
PJ: He could for a game or two. I don't think four or five games a week. It's a grind. You can't do it at age 37 or 38, let alone 48. It's a long shot, but this guy's remarkable.
Has Michael ever bought you a birthday present?
PJ: He gave me a watch.
He's given you a few rings too.