Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  31 responses

$100K Put Up for MJ-Russell Battle

Last week, Bryon Russell tweeted that he’d spoken to Jordan about the challenge. And now, in a publicity stunt, the owner of Utah’s D-League team says he’s ready to pony up some coin to make it happen: “So here is my offer: Michael Jordan vs. Bryon Russell-1 on 1 challenge to 21. I will personally donate $100,00 to charity in the name of the winner. We can do it during the half time of the Utah Flash home opener on December 7th. $100,000 in cash for a 15 minute pickup game. MJ even you can’t say no to that. Our venue is the perfect place for this challenge because it brings BRuss back to Utah and Michael Jordan has a home just outside of Park City (I have seen his Carolina Blue Jump Man plane on the runway at Million Air in SLC) so it is convenient for both guys. Not to mention that it would be sacrilegious to have this take place anywhere outside of Utah.”

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  • el_dirty_harry

    won’t happen.

  • johnmac2147

    LOL Byron gonna get crossed over pushed in the back again

  • boy sanchez

    Why is everybody wasting time in this? It was just a joke! Get over it!

  • CSP8

    What is $100k gonna do for Jordan??

  • heartlandG

    ^^^^^^^^ …tha 100K is for charity
    I’d watch it

  • Clark

    It’s not for Jordan it’s for charity. I think this is awesome. Step up Jordan and Russell. I’m pretty sure they said any time any place… Stick to your word!

  • Prodi

    @CSP8….It’d pay for a 100 people for the next HOF banquet. Since cheapo MJ made everyone aware that he had to pay for his guuests

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    I’m down for it to happen, just not during halftime of a D-League game. I was thinking more like All-Star Saturday night.

  • foolio_iglesias

    That’s right,call that fool out!I were BeRusty,I would show up in a White Sox jersey and some NC State football practice shorts…nah,he should rock his old Utah uniform,head-to-toe!But he has to wear those Jordans styled after a Ferrari…

  • guest09

    Bryon Russel: “Stop calling me Byron!”

  • http:www.mbenga-mblog.blogspot.com vmcb

    this would be absolutely amazing

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  • Airswade

    I cant see Russell stopping that fadeaway jumper that MJ was showcasing against that Slamball dude….. I would love to see this! MJ needs something to quell his competitive thirst, this would be perfect. Get it done!!!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    wasn’t aware that he was nicknamed “BRuss”. he’s pretty hip.

  • http://Slamonline.com Tanny

    Possibly some new jordans on the day for michael which will be a high seller.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I smell publicity stunt. Yo, if Russell wanted another shot at MJ, he probably got it daily in practice when they both played for the Wizards.

  • http://morethanpractice.wordpress.com ja lawrence

    Way to sell tickets to a D-League game! Nice try.

  • Clark

    It’s obviously a publicity stunt and way to sell tickets, but whatever. So is the all-star game. I’d be interested in seeing it so I’m all for it.

  • MR4U

    Who’s the opening act? Bill Cartwright vs. Greg Ostertag?

  • JoeMaMa

    Other matchups we’d like to see:
    1) Delonte West vs. the US Army
    2) Oliver Miller vs. a Mandarin Buffet
    3) Reggie Evans vs. Iron Man’s balls

  • vic21

    hahahaha cosign JoeMaMa. Don’t forget Oden Vs. Father time. No wait he already lost that one.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The half-time show will include a slew of other match-ups, including Zach Randolph vs. Ruben Patterson and Shaq vs. Carlos Mencia.

  • TC

    I kind of wanna see Jordan got beat….for whatever reason……

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    MR4U Posted: Sep.23 at 6:26 pm
    Who’s the opening act? Bill Cartwright vs. Greg Ostertag?
    Greg would have a hard enough time with himself.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    shame on you for lowering the honourable Bill Cartwright to that level though.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    “COME ONE COME ALL” come see Mark Madsen and his amazing spinning plates!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    adidas put out a Bill Cartwright bulls “throwback” or “NBA Soul” Swingman jersey recently, for some reason. Saw it searching Dickssportinggoods online store. He’d actually be able to wear his own name and number.

  • chintao

    $100k for charity? Jordan and Russell would have to be complete a$$holes to turn this down…. I guess there’s no way this thing is happening.

  • http://slamonline.com B-Moore

    And so this begins MJ’s trek back to an NBA player.

    Please people.. don’t put ideas into Jordans head.. we all know how competitive he is…

  • http://saintmark5171@yahoo.com M.Bloxton

    Russell only used the word CHARITY to guilt MJ into it…thats ridiculous. Nobody really cares…but I would pay to see a boxing match or mma between jeff van gundy and mike fratello.

  • vollyeballjones

    geeez… what next? we gonna’ have a race with those old folks walkers in 30 years too? If you didn’t/couldn’t do it when you were playin’ why go back out later? You were paid back then, that’s when it counted.