Malik Monk wants to challenge his boss to a showdown on the court.
While speaking with the media Saturday at an autograph session near Louisville, the Hornets rookie bragged about his skills and said he is confident he could beat team owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one.
He’s pretty old right now, Monk said, via the Charlotte Observer. I think I can get him.
While Monk admitted Jordan is one of the greatest players of his generation, he also noted the six-time NBA champion is now 54 and not at the same skill level he had during his career.
Monk, 19, was selected by Charlotte out of Kentucky with the No. 11 overall pick in the recent NBA Draft. He averaged 19.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game during his only season with the Wildcats.
He wasn’t taken in the 2010 NBA Draft, despite being a staple on draft boards throughout his college career. He was picked up by the Heat and lasted through Summer League, preseason and training camp, but he was cut just before the season started. He wound up spending more than a half-decade bouncing around the NBA’s Developmental League and overseas, where he had stops in Bahrain, France, Italy, Japan, Venezuela and Cyprus.
The injury bug bit him again during his time in the D-League (now called the G-League) on a night he was killing. Close to a posting a triple-double with NBA scouts in the stands, he got tangled up trying to box out former Hawks forward Ivan Johnson, and he tore his labrum.