Grizzlies Owner Robert Pera Calls out Michael Jordan to Play 1-on-1 for Charity

Dan Favale@@danfavaleFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2013

Robert Pera sure likes to put his money where his tweets are.

Most recently, the Memphis Grizzlies owner called out Michael Jordan for a one-on-one contest:

To be sure, this isn't some "it's not crazy, it's sports" mishap. Pera is actually calling out the current Charlotte Bobcats owner and NBA Hall of Famer, while putting $1 million on the line.

It should be noted that Pera is no stranger to making social media wagers. He already put $100,000 on the line against Tony Allen, his own player.

Though the event was later postponed, the gesture served its purpose.

Hopefully Pera thought this through, because $1 million is a lot of money to pay just to get your butt kicked. Unless, of course, he thinks he can beat MJ. Which he can't.

His Airness may be 50 years old, but in the last year he's apparently taken down Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who is more than three decades his junior, in a game of one-on-one. Then, you know, there's the whole "Jordan can still dunk" thing.

To his credit, Pera can ball with the best of NBA owners, and not just because many of them live by the mantra "Early Bird Special or bust."

Pera was spotted on Memphis' practice floor in September hooping it up. The 35-year-old was able to put the ball on the floor, stroke some threes and hit enough long twos to make Josh Smith jealous.

But him? Beat Jordan? Or even score on Jordan? Funny. I imagine the matchup would be quite entertaining, but completely lopsided. 

If winning is that important to Pera, though, he always has the option of sending a proxy in his stead. Maybe LeBron James would be up for taking his place, hoping to exact revenge on his idol for picking Kobe Bryant over himself multiple times.

Whatever the terms, Jordan needs to accept them first. Then he needs to come up with the scratch, which I'm sure he has. Finally, he'll need to show Pera what Kidd-Gilchrist and so many others already know: You provoke the 'Cats owner, you get the G.O.A.T.