Back in the grand year that was 2009, Michael Jordan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and during his speech, he noted that he would take on former Utah Jazz guard Byron Russell in a game of 1-on-1 at any time.
Well, apparently Byron actually decided to challenge MJ after hearing those remarks and it appears that MJ declined the offer.
We get more from the fine folks over at TMZ Sports:
Well, TMZ Sports has learned … that right after MJ’s HOF speech, Russell placed a call to Jordan, challenging him to a televised 1-on-1 match … and the profits would all go towards charity.
But Jordan REFUSED — and according to Bryon, who called in to “TMZ Sports” Jordan didn’t even give a good reason … “he just didn’t wanna do it.”
Still, Russell GUARANTEES he would have (and still could) beat Michael if the NBA legend ever changes his mind — saying, “There’s no ‘Jordan rules’ when you play 1-on-1.”
Your move, MJ!