September 22, 2009
I mean this in the most respectful way possible, but Utah Flash owner Brandt Andersen is quickly becoming the Don King of the NBA D-League.
Less than a week after trying to Twitter-convince Stephon Marbury to sign with his Flash, Andersen is now offering a $100,000 of his own money to get Michael Jordan to play Bryon Russell one-on-one and settle their back-and-forth, post-Hall-of-Fame trash-talk.
"Michael Jordan vs. Bryon Russell — 1-on-1 challenge to 21. I will personally donate $100,00 to charity in the name of the winner. We can do it during the halftime of the Utah Flash home opener on December 7th. $100,000 in cash for a 15-minute pickup game. MJ even you can't say no to that.
Our venue is the perfect place for this challenge because it brings BRuss back to Utah and Michael Jordan has a home just outside of Park City [...] so it is convenient for both guys. Not to mention that it would be sacrilegious to have this take place anywhere outside of Utah."
As Matt Moore at Hardwood Paroxysm points out, the odds of this game occurring are abysmal:
"[Jordan] wins, so what? He's the best, he's still the best, against a retired player. He loses and that's bad mojo. MJ controls his image too much to let this happen."
It's a "semi-win/lose" situation for Jordan, sure. But then again, all we've heard over the last few weeks from his Hall-of-Fame speech supporters is how competitive "The Greatest of All-Time" still is. It's in his blood, man! He can't turn down a challenge! He's a machine!
Whether this happens or not remains to be seen. But if it does, all I ask is for Double Decker tacos to stay as far way as possible from the event. You remember the last time Taco Bell was involved in a marquee one-on-one basketball game? Yeah, nothing. And I still haven't forgiven them.