Have you ever had one of those moments where you read something and go, 'Dude, are you serious?'
I just did have one of those moments, and I'll share it with you (aren't you lucky?).
So I'm about to go downstairs and turn on the Cubs game (What? There's nothing else on). But before I do, I check ESPN one last time, and I see the highlight that triggered the above quote. "$100k offered for Jordan-Russell Charity Duel"
Dude, are you serious?
So I click on the link, and the story reads that the owner of the Utah Flash of the D-League has offered to put up $100,000 to have Michael Jordan and former Jazz player Bryon Russell square off in a game of 21. The winner would be able to choose the charity to which the money is donated. The game would be staged at halftime of the Utah Flash home opener
During his Hall of Fame speech, Michael Jordan basically called out everyone he's ever met, and one of those people was Bryon Russell.
Of course, we all know what happened the last time these two stood face-to-face on a basketball court. For those of you who don't know...here's what happened:
Was there a push off? Probably. Were the refs going to call anything? Absolutely not!
First of all, those of us who have followed Michael's career through the years know that he is quite the gambler.Whether it's for charity or not, I'd be willing to bet that if Michael were to accept this challenge, the donation would be a lot more than 100k, plus he'd probably have a side bet with Russell, and probably a few others as well.
Second of all, the game of 21 is not suitable for this type of situation. I don't think I've ever played a game of 21 with the same rules as the previous time. Everyone plays with a different set of rules. For example, you never know whether or not 13 is poison, whether tips are allowed, or whether or not you shoot free throws all day or just 3. Too many rule discrepancies to sort out. If you want to play to 21, fine, but play One-on-One.
Thirdly, the D-League? You couldn't get this to happen at an Nibba game? I understand it would be more of a gimmick than anything, and geared toward getting people to buy a ticket to the game, but come on man, this Michael Jordan we're talking about. He would stipulate that if it's done at all, it would be done in Charlotte so his team reaps the benefits of extra butts in the seats.
Finally, it's still Michael Jordan we're talking about here. His Airness, MJ, THE GREATEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME! No disrespect to Bryon Russell here, but your 7.9 points per game just can't compete.
If this actually happens, Michael wins...push off or no push off.