Michael Jordan may be nearly 50 years old, but he still has some serious game.
The NBA hall of famer took on 19-year-old rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft, in a game of one-on-one, ESPN reported.
The result — Jordan won.
“It was hard for me,” Kidd-Gilchrist told USA Today before the Rising Stars Challenge rookie-sophomore game at All-Star Weekend. “I lost. I lost to a 50-year-old guy. … He’s the greatest man that ever played the game.
“Oh, yeah. He’s good.”
For those wondering if Kidd-Gilchrist let Michael Jordan win the game on purpose (Jordan is owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, the team that drafted Kidd-Gilchrist), the rookie insists that’s not the case.
“No. I didn’t allow him to beat me,” he told CSNHouston. “Because that’s my boss? Nah.”
Though he’s been away from the game for nearly a decade, Michael Jordan appears just as relevant to the NBA as ever. Earlier this week when Ahmad Rashad asked Jordan if he would rather take Kobe Bryant or LeBron James, Jordan’s answer made headlines throughout the sports world.
“If you had to pick between the two, that would be a tough choice,” Jordan told program host Ahmad Rashad via the Sun-Sentinel, “but five beats one every time I look at it.”
There has even been talk of whether Michael Jordan could return to the NBA. Jordan’s trainer, who has worked with stars like Dwyane Wade, says if Jordan wanted to come back he definitely could.
“There’s no doubt in my mind, that right now, Michael is still the best player on the Charlotte Bobcats,” Grover told Yahoo! Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.
Do you think Michael Jordan could play in the NBA at age 50?