Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said Friday in Houston that 49-year-old Jordan beat him in a one-on-one game. Jordan turns 50 Sunday, while Kidd-Gilchrist is seven months away from turning 20.
“It was hard for me,” Kidd-Gilchrist said before playing in the Rising Stars Challenge rookie-sophomore game Friday night. “I lost. He’s the greatest man that ever played the game.
“Oh, yeah. He’s good.”
There is a 30-year age gap between these two players and arguably a 3-inch height difference between the two so you have to wonder how this game went down. Of course Michael Jordan is one of the best 1-on-1 players in this league’s history. I’m sure he still has impressive footwork in the post and that mid-range jumper of his is probably still pure, but this has to say a lot about how good Kidd-Gilchrist’s offense at the moment.
I’m sure you’ve seen this kid’s jumper. It isn’t pretty. At all. But he’s extremely athletic and a raw defensive player. And for him to say it was hard for him proves how good Jordan really was. And it stands by the fact that pure skill will always be a better asset than athleticism.
But Jordan beating MKG will make people bring up whether Jordan could play in this league again. The answer is no, but it’d be fun to imagine huh?