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October 16, 2013 Updates

Hours removed from the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies challenging Michael Jordan to a charity one-on-one game, MJ had a response: “Comical.” That’s the word the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats (and Hall of Fame player) used in a brief interview with the Observer Wednesday. If new Grizzlies owner Robert Pera wants to play one-on-one for $1 million to charity (as he said on Twitter), Jordan won’t be his opponent. “I think that’s comical,’’ Jordan said. “It didn’t make any sense. Why would I play one one-on-one? It’s a no-win situation for me no matter what.” Charlotte Observer

And now Grizzlies owner Robert J. Pera is challenging Jordan to a one-on-one game, offering to stake a $1 million contribution to charity. Pera had been joking with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on Twitter, asking why Cuban had postponed a one-on-one game between them since “I would make quick work of him.” Then Pera upped the stakes with this Tweet directed at Hall of Famer Jordan: “If we are talking a charity game, get me MJ! I’ll up the charity contribution to $1 m” Charlotte Observer

October 15, 2013 Updates

When people think about the killer instinct, they always think of MJ and Kobe. Do people underestimate your killer instinct? People say you have it but not like those two. Do you think you have it like they do? Ahh. I'll just put it this way, man. There are different ways to hunt. I watch the Discovery Channel all the time, and you look at all these animals in the wild. And they all hunt a different way to feed their families. They all kill a different way. Lions do it strategically -- two females will lead, and then everybody else will come in. Hyenas will just go for it. There are different ways to kill, and I don't think people understand that. Everybody wants everybody to kill the same way. Everybody wants everybody to kill like MJ or kill like Kobe. Magic didn't kill the way they killed. Does that mean he didn't have a killer instinct? Kareem didn't either. But does that mean Kareem didn't have a killer instinct? The same with Bird. That doesn't mean you don't have a killer instinct. Tim Duncan don't kill like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, but I've played against Tim Duncan twice in the Finals and I know for sure he's got a killer instinct. So there are different ways to kill. ESPN.com

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Sometimes trash talk can get way out of hand. At the Ba’Runi Hotel & Grille in Pittsburgh, Pa., Michael Landeros and his nephew Armando Encinas allegedly got into a fight with some customers about who was better, LeBron James or Michael Jordan. According to Harmony Township police chief Jim Essek, the uncle-nephew duo had been at the bar for four hours, picking fights with various people about different sports, including Pittsburgh teams. Police said the altercation escalated when the bar owner, an employee and a patron tried to calm Encinas down, but were allegedly stabbed by him in the process. For The Win

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“I’m playing in my camp against O.J. Mayo, he was a top high school kid coming out,” Jordan says. “And I had never met him. First time. In front of my camp, he starts this thing about ‘you can’t guard me, you can’t do this.’ I got my campers here, so obviously I can’t really can’t go where I want to go because I own my camp. So I stop the camp, send the kids to bed. “We go back to playing, and he starts his whole thing ‘you can’t guard me.’ Finally I just said, ‘You may be the best high school player, but I’m the best player in the world.’ So from this point on, it’s a lesson. And from that point on, it was a lesson. He never won a game. I posted him up, I did everything.” NBCSports.com

October 2, 2013 Updates

In an interview to promote the launch of NBA 2K14, Jordan shared a story about how Mayo, who was a top high school player at the time, talked a ton of trash to him at his basketball camp. MJ decided to teach the youngster a lesson. “My game always did my talking, I never said anything. I’m playing in my camp against OJ Mayo — he was a top high school kid coming out. I had never met him — first time. In front of my camp, he starts this thing about ‘you can’t guard me, you can’t do this.’ I got my campers here, so I obviously can’t really can’t go where I want to go because I own my camp,” Jordan recalled. “So I stop the camp, send the kids to bed. We go back to playing, and he starts his whole thing ‘you can’t guard me.’ Finally I just said ‘you may be the best high school player, but I’m the best player in the world.’ So from this point on, it’s a lesson. And from that point on, it was a lesson. He never won a game. I posted him up, I did everything,” said Jordan. “If I can ever show you that film, and if you can ever ask him, ask him about the things that happened at my camp. “I don’t consider that trash, I consider that fact.” Larry Brown Sports

October 1, 2013 Updates

How would Jordan fare playing one-on-one against players like Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Bryant? "I don't think I would lose," said Jordan, "other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all my moves." Bryant gave a quick response on Twitter. Kobe Bryant: Domino effect. I stole some of his..this generation stole some of mine #thecycle Los Angeles Times

In his prime, Michael Jordan thinks he would have defeated LeBron James and other NBA legends in a game of one-on-one. But there’s one matchup Jordan wasn’t sure about. Jordan was interviewed by Ahmad Rashad for an upcoming promo video for NBA 2K14. He said he’d like to have played games against Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, among others, and was confident in his ability to defeat all comers. “I don’t think I would lose,” Jordan said, “other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.” For The Win

NBA legend Michael Jordan believes he could beat LeBron James in a one-on-one basketball game when he was in his prime. He’s not sure about Kobe Bryant. In a video promoting the NBA 2K14 video game that is being released today, Jordan said there’s a long list of players he would’ve liked to have played one-on-one — Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Bryant and James, who dons the cover of this year’s game. “I don’t think I would lose,” Jordan said in the video, before smiling and adding, “Other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves.” CBS Philly

September 24, 2013 Updates

Whether it was food poisoning – as trainer Tim Grover claims -- or a 103-degree fever, Michael Jordan wasn't healthy during the fifth game of the 1997 NBA Finals, better known simply as the “Flu Game.” The greatest player of all-time posted a ridiculous line of 38 points, seven rebounds and five assists against the Jazz, and the game is reverentially thought of as one of Jordan's most impressive performances, considering the circumstances. Thanks to Grey Flannel Auctions in New York, fans will be able to bid on the now-legendary black and red Nikes that Jordan was sporting on June 11, 1997. Jordan even signed them for a Utah ball boy after the game, as documented in this photo. For 16 years, the ball boy kept the pair of (presumably unsterilized) kicks secure, but evidently, he wanted to see what type of money the shoes would fetch. CBSSports.com

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