A handful of the county’s top high school basketball players met at the McDonald’s All American game last week in Chicago. During their downtime, the teens got a chance to debate a subject that really warrants no argument – who among them would win in a one-on-one game against Jordan. Not 50-year-old Jordan, but Jordan in his prime.
“He’s the best to ever do it,” said Findlay Prep point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, admitting an early defeat. “I mean, c’mon now, it’s M.J. No one’s beating him one-on-one.”
Not every player agreed with Williams-Goss, though.
Here’s what Duke-bound shooting guard Matt Jones had to say about taking on the six-time NBA champion:
“Well, I’m feeling a little generous today, so I think he’d get his five points.” Jones said. “This is how it would go: I’d get ball first, then I’d score the first few baskets because he’d definitely be sleeping on me. Then I’d go to my old-man game and take it to the hole every time. No matter how small the foul was I’d call ball every time until I made it. So it’s gonna be a long grind-it-out win. But I’d win.”
Old-man game. From someone who was born in the 1990s. I guess you’d have to see it to believe it.
Some of the other players exuded confidence that matched Jones’.
“I think he’d get a couple buckets here and there, but then I’d start to lock him down and give him buckets.” said point guard Andrew Harrison, who is headed to Kentucky next year. “Yeah, I think I’d get him.”
It’s all fun and games until the match actually happens. Remember what happened to pop singer Aaron Carter after he told the world he beat Shaquille O’Neal? Take heed, young fellas.