Michael Jordan, sidelined since late October with a foot injury, was given permission to play again by three doctors and will be in uniform for the Chicago Bulls Saturday, the team announced yesterday.
Team president Jerry Reinsdorf, General Manager Jerry Krause and Jordan had a telephone conference with team doctor John Hefferon and doctors in Eugene, Ore., and Cleveland late Wednesday. They then held a postmidnight news conference at Reinsdorf's business office in Skokie, Ill., to announce Jordan would play Saturday against Milwaukee.
Hefferon examined Jordan's foot Friday, then tested it for strength Monday morning. The results were sent to the two other doctors.
Jordan wanted to play, but Reinsdorf and Krause were against it. Reinsdorf said Hefferon estimated Jordan's chances of reinjuring his foot at 10 to 20 percent if he came back now and 1 to 2 percent if he waited until next season.
"It's a personal decision and we decided to let Michael make it," Reinsdorf said. "I couldn't talk him out of it."
Jordan said: "I made the decision best suited for Michael Jordan and I am happy and willing to live with it."
Krause said Jordan will play about seven minutes each half Saturday and will work up to full-time play . . .
John Lucas missed the Houston Rockets' practice Wednesday, and club officials were expected to meet with the veteran point guard yesterday to discuss his absence. But Rockets General Manager Ray Patterson said he was in touch with Lucas and was told Lucas missed the practice because of family problems. "I'm satisfied with his story," Patterson said.
Lucas, a former Washington Bullet, was waived early last season when he missed a team flight to Oakland and then failed a urinalysis test for cocaine.