Membership has its privileges … especially when you’re ponying up big money for charity.
On Tuesday, Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert J. Pera took a friendly shot across the bow of Michael Jordan, inviting the Charlotte Bobcats owner to a one-on-one match — with the winner presumably netting at least $1 million for his favorite charity.
The Hall of Famer Jordan, who claimed six NBA championships with the Bulls (1991-93, 96-98) and 11 league scoring titles during his 15-year career, likely wouldn’t take the bait on Pera’s invitation.
After all, what else does Jordan — universally known as the NBA’s “Greatest Living Player” — really have to prove at age 50? Even if he’s a famously voracious competitor?
But if Jordan chose to lace ’em up for a single event, presumably held before a live or televised audience, perhaps his fellow NBA owners could take a grander perspective, in terms of holding an owner-only tournament … with the bracket champ getting a chance to play Jordan for the unofficial one-on-one crown?
Pera, the founder of Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. and 15 years younger than Jordan, demonstrated his basketball acumen this week (below), informally playing hoops with the Grizzlies.