Buzz: Pera issues challenge to MJ

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.

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?

Now, for some links:

• Tristan Thompson talked about his switch from left-handed to right-handed shooting.

• I guess this is good? The Mavericks are the best in the NBA at making bad shots.

• Hugh Freeze got into a verbal altercation with a fan after Ole Miss’ loss on Saturday:

• Duke Basketball took a trip to Rucker Park in New York:

• Karl Malone doesn’t understand why modern basketball players wear protective gear on the court.

• Lou Holtz blamed midterms for Stanford’s loss to Utah. One problem: Midterms aren’t going on at Stanford right now.

• Mike Green is working on his Torii Hunter pose:

• Nik Wallenda and his sister cross the same tightrope from opposite directions at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

• Here’s a cool fan view of David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam in ALCS Game 2:

• Speaking of Ortiz’s homer, how often do you see a grand slam where each of the four runs is charged to a different pitcher?

• The New York Times asks: Is David Ortiz actually clutch?

• The latest make-a-parent-cry video comes from a son surprising his Michigan fan dad with tickets to the Ohio State game:

• High-five mishap at an Australian cricket game:

• A blind woman participating in a breast cancer walk got trapped on a raised drawbridge.

• Heat trainers have been measuring Greg Oden’s knees before and after each workout to check for swelling.

• 2012 Olympic wrestling champ Jordan Burroughs’ wife wore his custom shoes down the aisle at their wedding:

• Miguel Cabrera’s new Chrysler commercial takes a swipe at PED users in baseball:

• A high school volleyball player was suspended for being a designated driver.

• The Portland Trail Blazers released a statement in support of marriage equality.

• Australian hurdler/SI swimsuit model Michelle Jenneke struggled with a hurdle on an Australian TV show:

• We knew Steph Curry had range, but come on: