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After Bryon Russell Challenged MJ to 1-on-1

10/31/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Someone should check Michael Jordan for feathers and a beak, 'cause the NBA legend CHICKENED OUT of a 1-on-1 basketball challenge from Bryon Russell after MJ called him out in his 2009 Hall of Fame induction speech, TMZ Sports has learned.

MJ's challenge is legendary -- on the day he was inducted, he stood on the podium and vowed to play Bryon anytime, any place ... saying, "From this day forward, if I ever see [Bryon] in shorts, I'm coming at him (see video below around 21:00)."

FYI -- the two have had a rivalry ever since Jordan beat Russell's defense in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals and sank the game-winning shot (though some people say, MJ illegally pushed off).

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."

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You guys are obsess with mj I see. The man is retired and will not lower himself to play with trash player like byron russell. Leave him alone.

357 days ago


As a life long Jazz fan I was pretty pissed to find out during that retirement ceremony that it was BRYAN RUSSELL who brought Michael Jordan back into the league in the first place, but challenging him when he was playing baseball.

If it hadn't been for that stupidity on his behalf, the Utah Jazz would have won back to back championships in 97 and 98.

356 days ago

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