Utah D-League owner offers Jordan-Russell charity rematch

The owner of the Utah Jazz’s NBA Development League team wants to see Michael Jordan go 1-on-1 against Bryon Russell one more time.

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Brandt Andersen is offering a $100,000 donation to the charity of the winner’s choice if he can get Jordan and Russell to play a game of 21.

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.

During Jordan’s Hall of Fame speech, he said he was motivated by Russell’s comments toward him during his first retirement.  His Airness also sounded like he was ready to take on Byron again.

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.

What a fantastic way to turn the perceived negative of Jordan’s HOF speech into a positive.  I, for one, would love to see it happen.  I’m not holding my breath, but I would love to see it.  Michael did hint at a comeback (to the NBA) at 50 so this could be a nice tune up.


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