Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  15 responses

Michael Jordan Played One-on-One With Some Charlotte Bobcats

He’s the only NBA team owner who can hold his own on the court against current players, and occasionally, Michael Jordan will suit up and hoop against his Charlotte Bobcats. Yesterday, MJ provided some on-the-court instruction to his young team (video of the practice can be seen here.) Per the Charlotte Observer: “It has become an unofficial annual event: Bobcats owner Michael Jordan shows up at a home practice in workout clothes. He watches, he instructs, he gets the old itch. Eventually he wanders out onto the court and ends up playing one-on-one with the midsize guys. This year it was Gerald Henderson and rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, with injured Tyrus Thomas throwing Jordan entry passes. Everyone left smiling, and maybe a little more savvy about basketball, too. ‘He’s the best ever to play and he’s still got that competitive nature. He always feels he can help you,’ said team captain Henderson. ‘We played one-one-one. That’s always fun. He wants to win.’ How much does a 49-year-old Jordan have left? ‘He’s still got it. He can still shoot,’ Henderson said. ‘I don’t know about his defense, but he can still score.’ Jordan’s participation started out with him showing Kidd-Gilchrist some post moves. It escalated into some one-on-one. Naturally, players started migrating over to form an audience. Then Henderson, a former Duke Blue Devil, joined in against Jordan, a former North Carolina Tar Heel. Everyone knew what that meant. Henderson is coming back from a sprained foot. Jordan has said he likes how Henderson doesn’t just defer to him. ‘He’s a basketball genius,’ Henderson said. ‘But I don’t know if he wants to see me in a couple of months.’ This was Jordan’s first hands-on practice with the players since coach Mike Dunlap came aboard. Dunlap said this might have served as a pick-me-up with the Bobcats on an eight-game losing streak.”

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    I wonder how many of ‘cats players he can beat lol

  • danpowers

    you seriously think anybody on the cats roster could beat him 1 on 1? or do you mean how many it takes like 1 on 2, 1 on 3, 1 on 4… lol

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    I mean he can score on them. But I think it’ll be hard or him to defend some of he speedy players lol

  • Ben Ireland

    Wouldn’t it be great if this led to a 10 game winning streak or something equally insane haha? It won’t… But it’d be awesome.

  • Batman

    after that practice, MKG stole MJ shoes, then he will score 20+ ppg. just watch out.

  • Ugh

    First to 3, winners ball and calling your own fouls , I’d but my money on the old man.
    First to 11, losers ball, crowd calls the fouls, I think he’d be icing his knees on the sideline pretty quick.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Agreed. I’d even say he win first to 5

  • Max

    He will return to the court!

  • http://twitter.com/DPisWill DePaul Williams

    This is probably why the Bobcats suck, instead of going over game plans and strategies in practice, MJ just takes turns going one on one with them in the high post lol we already seen Uncle Drew, I guess now we can call the GOAT “Uncle Jordan” lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    The team captain is Gerald Henderson? Well, that explains everything

  • spit hot fiyah

    that they are actually respectabler this year?

  • anbeithioche koosemek

    pfff. like that haven’t gotten their a$$ handed to them enough times…..

  • Zabbah

    I agree. Jordan has been disrupting every single practice since training camp by forcing other players to play one-on-one with him like a big fat spoiled baby. You are so right.

  • danpowers

    i was just joking. i hope for the integrity of the nba that he couldnt even beat one cat going one on one. i just like to joke about weak teams since my own team left the bottom of the standings lol

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    lol i feel u