Bryon Russell vs. Michael Jordan. A game of 21. In Lehi, Utah.
Brandt Andersen, owner of the Utah Jazz’s NBA Development League team, has offered a $100,000 to charity if Russell, the former Utah Jazz player out of Long Beach State, takes on Jordan, according to the Associated Press.
During Jordan’s recent Hall of Fame speech, he said he was motivated by Russell’s trash talk toward him during his first retirement. Jordan’s jumper over Russell in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA finals gave the Chicago Bulls a 4-2 series win over Utah. Jazz fans still insist Jordan pushed off Russell.
Andersen says he has spoken to Russell and left a message for Jordan through a mutual friend. Andersen’s suggestion: Jordan vs. Russell during halftime of the Utah Flash’s home opener.
Last week, Russell called out Jordan (linked here) to fly to Russell’s home near Calabasas and play him there, with his friends and neighbors, former NBA players Mark Jackson and Mitch Richmond, having a part in it.