Michael Jordan wants everyone to know that he could beat current Charlotte Hornets players in a game of one-on-one. But don’t get excited fans (or nervous current Hornets), because the game won’t be happening. The reasoning? According to Jordan: pity.
Interviewer: You think you can play against some of your guys right now, do you sometimes do that or not? Could you win on one-on-ones against them or?
Jordan: I’m pretty sure I can so I don’t want to do that and demolish their confidence, so I stay away from them. I let them think that they’re good… but I’m too old to do that anyway.
Jordan is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time. Every great or potentially great basketball player that came after Jordan has been compared to him, usually unfavorably. The likes of Grant Hill, Penny Hardaway, and Vince Carter have felt the burden of being the next MJ. The only two players who fans and sports reporters allow to been mentioned in the same breath as Jordan are Kobe Bean Bryant and LeBron James. Even then most fans take Jordan, no matter how silly the question is.
Jordan was the dominant sports figure for nearly two decades, and his shadow lingers over the NBA to this day. There are people who want Jerry West removed as the logo and replaced by a likeness of “His Airness.” His earning power is still unmatched by the players in the league.
Yet Jordan, at the age of 52 and a decade and a half after his last NBA game, wants to remind the world he’s still got it. Promise us you’ll never change, Michael. Never ever change.
By the way, Jordan is right. He would demolish any current player on the Hornets in a game one-on-one. Though it is possible Kemba Walker might have a shot. Maybe Lance Stephenson could stifle MJ with his rugged defense.
Nah. It would be a demolition. Just as it would be if Jordan played against half the players in the league.