Skip to main content

IN 1988. MICHAEL JORDAN AND ELLIOTT GOULD went head-to-head for charity


In 1988. Michael Jordan and Elliot Gould squared off for a noble cause on national television in order to raise charitable funds for homeless children.

As a part of a segment called "War of the Stars" hosted by Dick van patten, MJ and Gould competed in 3 different games of "HORSE," "Around The World," and a terribly unfair game of 1 on 1 basketball.

At the time, the 25 year old Jordan was just starting to establish himself as the NBA's next big superstar while Gould was establishing himself as one of Hollywoods best jewish actors.

During a sit-down with Rich Eisen on his late night talk show, Gould reminisced on how the whole thing went down.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

"And so we played HORSE, and I could shoot. Especially back then, I could shoot with two hands, and Michael doesn't shoot with two hands. And so I said: 'I'm gonna start us off with an old-fashioned, traditional, fundamental two-handed set shot like the one Red Auerbach taught me. And I hit a swish, and Michael didn't shoot so right away he's got a letter. He's behind."

Eliott Gould, "The Rich Eisen Show"

Gould went on to say that after losing the first two games, they went toe-to-toe in an intense game of "Around The World" that ended in a truly surprising fashion.

"Then we played around the world, and Michael didn't win every game...Michael Jordan lost to me in a game of "Around The World." I miss a shot, nobody's perfect, Michael doesn't close it out. I come all the way back around and I say to Dick Van Patten who was running the whole thing: 'On the playground, in the schoolyard, where I learned the game, if you come all the way back around, you gotta sink three foul shots to close out the game.' And he said, just sink one, and I did! ...And so I said 'that it made sense that a jew would beat Michael Jordan in around the world."

So yeah, apparently that happened. Elliott Gould used his influence to make sure he beat Mike in at least one game they played, no matter the handicap.

WWE star Logan Paul and Dwight Howard

WWE legend Triple H’s dare to Dwight Howard: “Be like Logan Paul, Bad Bunny, Tyson Fury”

Dwight Howard doesn't just want to be a run-of-the-mill professional wrestler.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett

"I’m still a Timberwolf until I die, as I am a Celtic" - Kevin Garnett addresses rift with Minnesota Timberwolves

Kevin Garnett is not in good terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves but his love for the city has never changed.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love

"It's a way to really challenge yourself" — Kevin Love talks about the hardest workout he's ever done

Kevin Love revealed the hardest workout he has ever done and it doesn't have anything to do with basketball.

BYU Cougars guard Jimmer Fredette shoots over San Diego State Aztecs forward Kawhi Leonard

“He said some things” — Jimmer Fredette on Kawhi Leonard's trash talk

En route to a 72-54 win, Kawhi Leonard approached Jimmer Fredette and talked smack to him.


Boban Marjanovic doesn't think LeBron James is "the strongest player" in the league: 'It depends on what you measure'

Boban Marjanovic thinks it's impossible to hail LeBron James or anybody as the strongest player in the league there are a lot of factors to consider in measuring strength.

Yao Ming & Steve Francis

"It was me who was bothered by it" - Steve Francis on Yao Ming's transition to NBA

Steve Francis thought Yao Ming will succumb to the pressures of being an NBA star, but he was proven wrong.


The Sixers reportedly almost drafted Kobe Bryant to team up with Allen Iverson in 1996

Drafting Kobe and AI in the same draft would've been the best draft a team had in NBA history.


"Leaders don't do that" — When Kobe Bryant shared why Shaquille O'Neal is not the leader of the Lakers

Kobe Bryant said Shaquille O'Neal didn't even reach out to him amid his legal battle.