Michael Jordan beats rookie one-on-one
Maybe Antawn Jamison wasn’t lying when he said Michael Jordan could still score double figures in the NBA at 50 years-old. I’m sure rookie, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could attest to this. Kidd-Gilchrist took on the nearly 50 year-old, Michael Jordan who is 31 years older than the Charlotte Bobcats rookie. The outcome? Well, in typical Jordan fashion he won.
“He did play me 1-on-1 one time,” Kidd-Gilchrist said on Friday morning before playing on Team Shaq in the Rising Stars Challenge Friday night. “And it was hard for me … I lost. I lost to a 50-year-old guy. That’s my boss, though. He’s the best player to play the game.”
But Kidd-Gilchrist didn’t lose to a 50-year-old. He lost to a 49-year-old. Jordan doesn’t turn 50 until Sunday. “Yeah. Of course,” he said when asked if he thought he was going to beat Jordan. “I don’t think I’m gonna lose. I mean, he is 50.”
Did Kidd-Gilchrist even really lose, though. Or did he let his boss beat him?
“No,” he said emphatically. “No. I didn’t allow him to beat me. Because that’s my boss? Nah.”
According to an ESPN story, Jordan is trying to get back down to his old playing weight. Whenever Jordan starts hooping there is always rumors of him making a comeback, but at 50 years-old could he really still hang with many players being half his age? Well Kidd-Gilchrist certainly thinks so.
“That wouldn’t shock me at all,” Kidd-Gilchrist said about a possible Jordan comeback. “He still has it. He does.”