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The challenge came in a Twitter exchange Monday where Pera apologized about the cancellation of the Tony Allen showdown, which would have resulted in a $100,000 donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Someone suggested the Grizzlies owner just change it to an owners match with Pera facing off against Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks. Pera’s response was he would make quick work of Cuban, so instead he called out the third-leading scorer in NBA history.
Jordan owns the Charlotte Bobcats.
After Tuesday night’s 102-99 preseason win over the Milwaukee Bucks, several Grizzlies players were a bit diplomatic, but seemed sure their owner could not compete with Jordan. Center Marc Gasol said it’s an indication Pera is competitive, just like Gasol would like to play a soccer match with Lionel Messi or other members of the Barcelona team.
Guard Mike Conley also had his doubts that the Grizzlies owner could stay with Jordan.
“I love Pera, but I don’t think he could beat Mike,” Conley said.
As for Allen, who was the original opponent in the Pera challenges, he was non-committal about Pera vs. Jordan. However, he was much more confident about the outcome if his game against the owner had been played.
“No, he can’t beat me. That’s for sure,” the animated Allen proclaimed of his owner.
By Tammy Bruce
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