Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 10:20 am  |  21 responses

Grizzlies Owner Robert Pera Challenges Michael Jordan to 1-on-1 Game

At 35, Robert Pera is the youngest team owner in the NBA, and clearly thinks he’s a pretty good basketball player (he seems to be). Pera not only thinks he’d wipe the floor with Mark Cuban, but is also ready to take on Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan.

(H/T: Sheridan Hoops)

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  • theDankerNuggets

    haha don’t tempt Jordan, if you give him a chance to actually win something as owner of the Bobcats he might actually take it

  • Cortez Mack

    Good for charity, bad for Pena…assuming this lunatic is serious.

    I just looked at his practice video. He looks like every other slow footed “camp rat” that I have seen during my lifetime. I’m sure he dominates his billionaire club lunch time runs though. He actually challenged Tony Allen one-on-one too. 11 to 0. 11 to 1 if allen decides to tone it down for the “boss”.

    Nothing wrong with camp rats, btw. But every now and then, the more delusional of them believe their mastery of crossing over lines and cones and shooting a decent percentage over air translates to competing with actual high-level athletes.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Just say MJ he sucks and that he can’t play anymore. You already know MJ will take it to heart and use it as “motivation” to beat him.

  • Dfrance

    He doesn’t look that bad, I just can’t take anyone wearing an arm sleeve, that’s not in the NBA, seriously.

    Him being only 35 and an NBA owner is much more impressive to me.

  • Fat Lever

    Straight up. Dude left Apple at 27 and founded his own company. I’m 32 working in corporate America and this dude is 3 years older than me on the Forbes list of 10 youngest billionaires. Very impressive.

  • 2cents

    And when MJ wins, he will take the Grizzles as his prize…

  • spit hot fiyah

    and make them a bottom 3 team

  • fruizm

    What’s his company?

  • Dfrance

    I’m in the same boat as you. It’s impressive and slightly depressing all at once. lol

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  • berkamore

    You should look at his company’s financials. Not too shabby. He is actually making real products and showing honest to god good old profits.

    But back to hoops. I think he should play the Kroenke kid who owns the Denver Nuggets. They are about the same age and probably in the same income tax bracket. (My money is on Kroenke who played college ball)

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Is the arm sleeve used to cover a profane tattoo that may damage his public image? Just joshing

  • TR

    Unless you’re a struggling tech genius i wouldn’t feel too bad haha. Not too many people like this guy.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Yeah…. if you get up at 5am to work for “free” for your 9 to 5 you’ll do alright too.

  • robb

    That’s right. To me he already beat MJ. He’s a better owner.

  • Solito

    Good charity project… I’d pay to watch Jordan at 50 dunk on him, shoot fade away j’s and post him up.

  • Anthony

    where is the “SUPER agreed” button SLAM?!?

  • Anthony

    Literally read the first 2 paragraphs of thie wikipedia page and still had no idea what the heck his company produced & how a company stared in 05 afforded him to be an owner at 35. SMH..only part that made since was “under served markets” and something about WiFi cards….lol/smh

  • Dfrance

    Lol, it sounds like they produce computer components for use in emerging markets which sold like hotcakes from 2005 until 2011. The popularity allowed them to go public thus instantly making him a billionaire.

  • Bombsquad

    He can’t play, u can see that he is very unnatural. MJ is right, Pera wouldn’t be competition for a ball boy.

  • Robert

    Pera became part owner of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012, and since then, the team has seen a turnaround in its flagging fortunes, making a return to playoff contention. http://bit.ly/1fcv6uu