By: Brenna Carberry
Michael Jordan has never been one to back down from a challenge on the basketball court, regardless of the opponent or what's at stake or even his age.
So, when Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul challenged Jordan to a shooting contest at MJ's 'Flight School' camp last week, His Airness couldn't help himself.
The wager? If Jordan missed three shots, every camper in attendance would get free shoes (presumably Air Jordans) courtesy of MJ.
Despite a valiant effort by Paul and the Flight School campers to distract MJ during the contest - pounding on the floor, screaming at the top of their lungs, rolling a ball at Jordan's feet mid-shot - the G.O.A.T. didn't miss one shot.
Jordan then turned the tables on Paul. If CP3 made all of his shots, the camp would get free shoes.
Former Laker and Thunder guard and Knicks coach Derek Fisher was given the last opportunity to send the campers home happy. But he, too, came up short.
Neither Paul nor Fisher could deliver, and Jordan reigns supreme - again.
There are plenty of lessons learned at MJ's 'Flight School' camp, but this contest taught the campers perhaps their most lasting Flight School lesson: never, ever bet against the greatest player of all time.
Draft prospects always get asked about how they would fit in with the best players on various teams. Once they are drafted, that goes double
New Bulls' draft pick Wendell Carter Jr. didn't disappoint with his answer about how he can play with Lauri Markkanen, the Bulls' first-round pick from the year before.
“We’re going to be unstoppable," Carter Jr. said to reporters in Brooklyn. "He is a great player, someone I can learn from. A great young player. Someone I can learn from on and off the court. With my work ethic, as I come in I’m going to do all I can do to help my team to win. I think we’ll definitely complement one another on both ends of the court.”
Carter Jr. could play the center next to Markkanen at the power forward spot to form a formidable frontcourt if both players continue to develop.
On the ESPN broadcast of the draft, Chauncey Billups talked about the two big guys and the state of the Bulls in general after Carter Jr. was picked.
"I love what they're putting together there," Billups said of the Bulls. "I like their backcourt with Dunn and LaVine. These two big guys, him and Markkanen, are going to play very well together."
Chandler Hutchinson abruptly cancelled his NBA Combine trip a month ago because of a promise given to him by a team in the 20s.
And the Bulls fulfilled that reported promise on Thursday night by taking Hutchinson with the 22nd overall pick.
Hutchinson, a senior, came on strong in his final two seasons with Boise State, and as a senior averaged 20.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 31.0 minutes. He shot nearly 48 percent from the field, shot a respectable 36 percent from 3-point range and averaged 1.5 steals.
The pick comes after the Bulls opted for the safe route and Duke center Wendell Carter with the 7th pick.
The Bulls were in desparate need of versatility on the wing and they get it in Hutchinson, who projects as someone who can play both forward positions.