Tuck: High Schoolers Think They Can Beat Jordan
Everyone knows what are you talking about when you say the McDonald's All-American game. High schools best basketball players gather and play a game showing off before they go to college (or in previous years, the NBA). Well, the Jordan Brand Classic is another high school All-American game born out of money, branding, etc. that will take place this weekend.
I don't want to talk about that though. I want to talk about this story I read in the USA Todaywhere players were asked about how they'd do in a one-on-one game with his Airness.
4 of the players said they'd beat MJ.Notnow. In hisprime!
My initial reaction admittedly was shock. And then an attempt to understand. These kids that were asked probably barely remember Jordan playing...as a Wizard.
None of them could recall seeing Jordan as a Bull. He finished in Chicago in 1997, and these kids would have been 2 or 3 years old then.
Just watching Kobe Bryant go bonkers last night, at age 34, reminds me how good he actuallywas. Kobe would destroy any of those kids in a one-on-one game now, let alone in his prime.
Back to MJ, who is running the Bobcats, actually beat their 1st round pick, #2 overall selection Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out of Kentucky in a 1-on-1 game earlier this season. Jordan is 50. MKG may not be the best 1-on-1 example, but I think it illustrates the point pretty well.
I do admire (while laughing at) the kids enthusiasm and confidence. But it probably shows their immaturity and lack of understanding and appreciation for NBA talent, let alone all-time great NBA talent.
If a kid said one day I think I'll be good enough to answer yes to the question, "Could you beat Jordan in a 1-on-1 game?", I could respect that, but 17 and 18 year-old's thinking they could beat thegreatestplayer ever in his prime is just silly.