Granted, Charlotte’s owner is Michael Jordan—who is only widely considered the greatest player in NBA history—but Monk said “I’m going to beat him” when asked if he thought MJ would challenge him to a one-on-one battle, per Ananth Pandian of Uproxx.
It should be noted Pandian said Monk was laughing when he made the comment, but the famously competitive Jordan probably will be up for the challenge. The 54-year-old owner is well past his prime, but he wasn’t ready to back down in 2015.
“I’m pretty sure I can, so I don’t want to do that and demolish their confidence,” Jordan told France’s L’Equipe as a 52-year-old when discussing going up against Hornets players one-on-one, via Fox Sports. “So I stay away from them; I let them think they’re good.”
Jordan would have his hands full with the reigning SEC Player of the Year.
Monk averaged 19.8 points per game in his one season at Kentucky and drilled 39.7 percent of his three-pointers. He also scored a head-turning 47 points against the eventual national champion North Carolina Tar Heels.
Seeing how Jordan attended North Carolina during his collegiate days, he would probably use Monk’s performance against the Tar Heels as motivation for any future one-on-one game.
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