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!