Posted October 16, 2013

Michael Jordan dismisses 1-on-1 challenge from Grizzlies owner as ‘comical’

Ben Golliver, Charlotte Bobcats, Memphis Grizzlies, Michael Jordan, Robert Pera
(Charlotte Observer & Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan (left) has no plans to play Robert Pera (right) in one-on-one. (Charlotte Observer & Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

NBA legend Michael Jordan has brushed off a challenge for a million-dollar game of one-on-one for charity made by Grizzlies owner Robert Pera.

The 50-year-old owner of the Bobcats told the Charlotte Observer that he wouldn’t even consider such a contest.

“I think that’s comical,’’ Jordan told the paper. “It didn’t make any sense. Why would I play one one-on-one? It’s a no-win situation for me no matter what.”

Pera, 35, floated the possibility of a face-off against the Greatest Of All Time in a Twitter posting on Monday, after previously claiming that he would “make quick work” of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban if the two went mano-a-mano on the court.

“If we are talking an owner game, get me MJ! I’ll up the charity contribution to $1 [million],” Pera wrote.

On Wednesday, Pera laughed off Jordan’s brush-off, joking that people have been calling him comical since “around $4 billion dollars ago when my only friends were Visa and MasterCard.”

The one-on-one topic first came up as Pera was expected to face Memphis guard Tony Allen in a one-on-one game for charity in September, but the event was postponed.

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Earlier this week, Pera, who made his fortune as founder of Ubiquiti Networks, a technology company, posted a video of himself going through a shooting workout. The baby-faced billionaire can be seen wearing a shooting sleeve on his off arm and black tights as he knocks down a series of jumpers and lay-ups off the dribble.

ESPN.com reported that Grizzlies center Marc Gasol and guard Mike Conley were both siding with Jordan over Pera in the hypothetical one-on-one match-up.

“I don’t think he has a chance, but [Pera is] a competitor, that’s for sure,” Gasol said.

Conley added: “I love Pera, but I don’t think he could beat Mike.”

This story should probably end with Pera paying full fare to attend Michael Jordan Flight School next summer, only to get treated like a teenaged O.J. Mayo.

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8 comments
bambam824
bambam824

Can't believe MJ won't do this for charity, win or lose, it's for charity.

tfaw
tfaw

Jordan is spot on.  What is the upside for him....zero.

s352ccark
s352ccark

I doubt pera knows enough about basketball to challenge anyone. He along with a grizzy were already supposed to play each other (no public/media) for $100,000 but on the day of event it was cancelled for a supposed last minute engagement previously made

x72
x72

Sounds like MJ is afraid he'd get worked.

Clyde2130
Clyde2130

Proverb: Everyone is wise until he speaks.

Michael is 50 now.  Allowing people to see him again on the court at this age may diminish the public's opinion of him as GOAT.

bartmolina
bartmolina

The guy guarding Pera played no defense, since he is the owner. But with Mike? No chance!

mikel roy
mikel roy

your out of tune with your steps... your basketball steps look similar as baby steps...

mikel roy
mikel roy

ill play with this grizzlies owner for free....