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Malik Monk Should Ask Michael Kidd-Gilchrist About Poking the GOAT

Malik Monk confidently stated recently that he would beat Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one.

“He’s pretty old right now,” Monk said of the 54-year old Jordan.



Monk might want to check with Charlotte teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist before he gets on the court with Jordan.

Check out this excerpt from USA Today:

There’s a real simple answer here to explain to Monk why he’s probably not beating Jordan, even in his mid-50s. Monk should ask his new teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist about what happen when you poke the dragon and challenge the GOAT to a game.

From USA TODAY Sports, all the way back in 2013:

Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said Friday in Houston that 49-year-old Jordan beat him in a one-on-one game. Jordan turns 50 Sunday, while Kidd-Gilchrist is seven months away from turning 20.

“It was hard for me,” Kidd-Gilchrist said before playing in the Rising Stars Challenge rookie-sophomore game Friday night. “I lost. He’s the greatest man that ever played the game.

“Oh, yeah. He’s good.”

This might be easier to comprehend if Jordan had any clear physical edges on Kidd-Gilchrist. But at 6-7, 232 pounds, the rookie out of Kentucky has the exact size and athleticism of the types of players who guarded 6-6 Jordan night-in and night-out for almost two decades in the NBA.

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