It was one thing when Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera challenged one of his own players to a game of 1-on-1 for charity, but now I’m beginning to think Pera’s ego has gotten the best of him.
Because now he’s calling out Michael Jordan — and betting a cool $1 million that he can win.
The challenge came about Monday night, when Pera, who bought the team in 2012, responded to fan suggestions that he should play Mark Cuban in a game of 1-on-1. Pera dismissed the idea of facing the Dallas Mavericks owner in favor of a matchup against Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.
What’s with all the 1:1 with @mcuban talk? I’m in, but I would make quick work of him…
Now, don’t get me wrong, Pera’s got game. In addition to the messages above, Pera also tweeted out a video of himself working out on the Grizzlies practice court (complete with shooting sleeve), and the man can get it done
But this is Michael Jordan we’re talking about — and even at 50, there’s little doubt that MJ would make quick work of the 35-year-old Pera should they meet on the court. Jordan is notoriously competitive and certainly wouldn’t go easy on him, especially if $1 million of his own money was on the line.
A cool million is pocket change to both Pera and Jordan, though, and it could really benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, where it’s said to be going, if the two were to play. So there’s really no downside to them squaring off — unless Jordan is chicken, that is.
So the ball’s in your court, Mike. What’s it going to be?