Who is the most athletic owner in sports?
Michael Jordan showed it’s not even a debate as he provided an emphatic answer to a question about whether he can still dunk Monday during a fantasy camp for Charlotte Bobcats season-ticket holders.
Jordan made it look easy as he rose to the occasion for a smooth-as-silk right-hand jam.
Was there any doubt? So what that he is 48 with worn-out knees. He’s still His Airness.
Thanks to M.J., Bobcats’ fantasy camps may be more entertaining than their games. The account of his antics at Monday’s camp at Bobcats.com is the most entertaining item to be found on any NBA website with all references to current players removed during the lockout.
Rest assured no South Florida owner will be dazzling fantasy campers any time soon. Stephen Ross (Dolphins), Jeffrey Loria (Marlins), Micky Arison (Heat) and Cliff Viner (Panthers) would all need a step ladder to throw one down.
And which of those four ranks among the 15 richest owners in sports? That’s as easy as the answer Jordon provided Monday. Arison was No. 7 on this year’s list compiled by Forbes Magazine. Arison was second among Americans on the list behind Paul Allen (Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trailblazers), who was fifth overall.
Here’s more evidence that the United States is losing its hold on the sports world: Only three Americans rank among the 10 richest owners; there are three Russians as well as one from the Ukraine. Five of the top 10 own soccer teams.
No. 1 is India’s Mukesh Ambani, who owns the Indians – the Mumbai Indians, that is, a cricket team. He’s worth $27 billion, according to Forbes. Arison’s net worth is estimated at $5.9 billion.