From ninth graders to Kobe? (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

Seated near Los Angeles Lakers Coach Mike Brown, Jordan was wearing a light purple shirt with purple and gold sneakers.

“I’ve got to be in uniform,” Jordan joked.

After two years away from the NBA, Jordan may be on the verge of making a return as an assistant coach on Brown’s staff in Los Angeles. Brown and Jordan both acknowledged that they have been talking but could not discuss the situation publicly with negotiations ongoing.

Jordan is expected to soon meet with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, a former teammate on the Lakers. He is the Wizards’ most successful coach in the past three decades, leading the franchise to four consecutive playoff appearances in 5½ seasons with the organization.

Jordan was fired after a 1-10 start in the 2008-09 season. He returned to coaching the next season but was dismissed after going 27-55 in one season with the Philadelphia 76ers. He has maintained a relatively low profile since. He spent last season coaching the freshman team for his alma mater, Archbishop Carroll, and is currently coaching AAU basketball for the DC Assault 17-and-under team this summer.

Brown is seeking a replacement for Quin Snyder, who left to become an assistant for Ettore Messina with CSKA Moscow. Messina was a consultant with the Lakers last season.

Considering the intense first-round playoff battles between Jordan’s Wizards and Brown’s Cleveland Cavaliers from 2006 to ’08, the pairing might appear odd on the surface, especially with the Cavaliers winning all three series. But Jordan is a noted offensive coach, having implemented his Princeton schemes as a head coach in Sacramento, Washington and Philadelphia and as an assistant with the New Jersey Nets, as they made back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals.

As a player, Jordan won a championship with the Lakers in 1982.