Monday , Sep , 14 , 2009 Christopher Sells

Bryon Russell Hasn’t Had Enough

After Jordan told the world about how Russell motivated him to be the best ever, Russell has decided that he wants another piece of Jordan. Yes, really. No, I don’t know why either.

Bryon Russell Hasn't Had EnoughMichael Jordan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend. You knew that unless you’ve been living under a rock or took a vacation to Mars. The event was covered extensively and everyone has had an opinion of some sort about what went on. Most controversial has been Jordan’s induction speech, which you can watch and debate here.

Jordan called out some of the people who he felt were most responsible for fueling him during his career. One of those individuals was Bryon Russell. The only reason we know Russell’s name is because Jordan abused him in the ’97 and ’98 Finals. And because Jordan crossed him (with a little bit of help from his off hand) and stuck the jumper that won championship number six.

I imagine that something like this is slightly embarrassing, especially when it is revealed that Russell talked trash to Jordan about how he could guard him and shut him down while Jordan was retired. And that Jordan used that to murder him every time they faced each other once he came back from retirement.

Well, someone decided to get in touch with Russell after Jordan’s speech to see what the former Jazz swingman had to say about all of this. As it turns out, he said plenty. Some of my favorite parts follow.


“Out of all the people [Jordan] came across, he thought about me. I’m happy to be in his Hall of Fame speech.”

“{To me, that’s the greatest play in basketball history. It will stay that way because [Jordan] will always be the greatest player to play the game. I didn’t mind. But the referees didn’t make the call on the push off. It’s long done and gone. It was a call that wasn’t made on a play that was great.”}

{“I’ll play his ass right now. This is a call-out for him to come play me. He can come out here in his private jet and come play. He’s got millions of dollars. He can pay for the jet. He can meet me at the Recreation Center in Calabasas. We can have Mark Jackson do the commentating. We can have Mitch Richmond do the officiating. We can put it on TV and see if Michael’s still got it.}”

Russell has clearly lost his mind. Challenging Jordan got him into trouble before and he wants to do it again? After he admitted that Jordan is the greatest to ever play?

Maybe Russell thinks Jordan is older and out of shape now. Maybe he thinks Jordan doesn’t play anymore and wouldn’t be able to keep up with (slightly) younger legs. If he thinks any of these things, he should think again. Russell should just let sleeping dogs lie. Stay at home, enjoy your post-retirement life and be proud that you will forever be able to tell your kids that the greatest basketball player ever used to make you look silly.

But maybe it would be fun if Jordan accepted his challenge. Wouldn’t it be great to see MJ lace them up one more time and drain a few fadeaways over Russell, just like he did in the old days? Make it happen guys. Bryon Russell has some self-respect he apparently feels like he needs to get rid of.