Sunday , Jan , 27 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Chris Andersen Coming Back?

The Birdman wants to come back, but there’s no telling whether there will be a clear or speedy flight path for his possible return to the NBA.

Chris Andersen, who was "dismissed and disqualified" from the NBA and the New Orleans Hornets on Jan. 27, 2006, after testing positive for a prohibited substance, is eligible to apply for reinstatement beginning Sunday — exactly two years after he was thrown out of the league.

Sources have told ESPN.com that the "wheels are already in motion" for Andersen to attempt a comeback, a somewhat arduous process that will begin with him filling out a multi-page application for reinstatement and sending it, along with dozens of pages of supporting documentation, to the league office in New York via overnight mail.

Andersen must then schedule a meeting with members of both the commissioner’s office and the players’ union, and the consent of both organizations is needed for Andersen to be reinstated. Andersen has no right to appeal if his reinstatement application is rejected. [Click here for more from ESPN.]