Griz Owner Pera Wants Piece Of Jordan

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Be careful what you ask for, Robert Pera.

Challenging Michael Jordan, even at his advanced age (50), to a game of one-on-one is probably not a wise thing to do. Everyone knows how competitive the greatest player in NBA history (at least in my opinion) was as a player and remains in the second phase of his basketball life as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

That didn’t stop Pera, 35, and the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, from calling Jordan out on Twitter Monday night:

And that was after he dismissed the idea of battling another owner, some guy in Dallas, to a one-on-one game for charity.

It’s all for a noble cause, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, so a little owner tournament for charity would be cool. But Pera’s probably working with a false sense of security in challenging MJ.

I’m not saying he doesn’t have skills. I saw his workout video shot on the Grizzlies’ practice court (above). He certainly looks like he’s put in some quality work in the gym. It should also be noted that the adoring audience and the folks playing less than stellar defense in that video are all on his payroll. Something tells me they didn’t have any interest in showing up the boss.

Jordan, the cutthroat competitor who has slayed all challengers over the years, would probably have little trouble taking advantage of Pera (or any other owner in the league). Maybe they’ll shove the tables aside at the next owners’ gathering and get on the court and see who is truly the man among the owners.

The smart money, of course, is on MJ!


  1. dedefr says:

    He should’ve played with some of the Grizzilies players if he wanted to make a statement. I say MJ would beat him 21-5 if they went to 21.

  2. I would like to give my condolences to the family of Robert Pera….
    Rest In Pieces
    He’ll not be missed….. he’ll get brutalized by MJ ON THE COURT…

  3. byesee says:

    20 or 50 years old. There is a million guys in the world that could beat this guy, including Jordan. Maybe he should play guys from the streets first. 100 dollars to each that beats him, would shrink his ego pretty quickly.

  4. RC says:

    Nice full body pads, lol. Dork, its just a workout.

  5. Hoff Dizzle says:

    I don’t want to see this happen because I’m worried that MJ might make this man cry. MJ still beats NBA players in one on one, granted he’s playing bobcats players but still…

  6. B rad says:

    Pera would kill Jordan he’s 35

    • Ro says:

      Have you seen any recent footage of MJ? There was some of him at Bobcats practice (last season im sure) and he was guarding Gerald Henderson. Even he struggled and couldnt get by MJ. And that is an NBA player! a 35 year old front office guy might be younger, but i just cant agree that he’d beat MJ. He would beat most 35 year old people

  7. Kate Upton says:

    What happened to the game between R Pera and T Allen?

  8. Ro says:

    Hahaha this looks like a good bit of fun. Obviously, anyone who knows anything about basketball can see that if MJ actually played Pera, MJ would not even let him get a shot up!
    But good on him for doing something fun and donating to charity.

  9. justsayin says:

    We can only hope this happens, MJ should up the “bet” and put the court in session.

    After that they’d be calling Jordan “the Tailor” because you’d know where to go for a re-sizing when someone gets too big for their britches!!!