Michael Jordan not interested in playing basketball for charity


robert-peraMichael Jordan dismissed the idea of Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera to play him one-on-one for charity purposes.

When told that Pera wanted to play him in a game of 1-on-1 for charity, Michael Jordan found the suggestion “comical”, and said he won’t do it because it’s obviously a lose-lose situation for him.

“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, Charlotte Observer reported.

‘It didn’t make any sense. Why would I play one-on-one? It’s a no-win situation for me no matter what.”

When Pera issued a challenge to Jordan, several Grizzlies players were a bit diplomatic, but seemed sure their owner could not compete with Jordan.

Center Marc Gasol said it’s an indication Pera is competitive, just like Gasol would like to play a soccer match with Lionel Messi or other members of the Barcelona team.

“I don’t think so,” Gasol said when asked if Pera could beat Jordan. “I don’t think he has a chance, but he’s a competitor, that’s for sure.”

Guard Mike Conley also had his doubts that the Grizzlies owner could stay with Jordan.

“I love Pera, but I don’t think he could beat Mike,” Conley said.

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