"At some point, I have to just go play," he said. "I don't know when is going to be that point."
For two hours on Sunday night, the players at Lucas' game set aside their dispute with owners to remind fans what they're missing.
The 6-foot-11 Jordan, a Houston native who's played three seasons with the Clippers, set the tone with three powerful dunks in the first three minutes. Neither side played much defense and the officials hardly blew their whistles in the fast-paced, entertaining game rich in dunks and 3-pointers.
Kenneth Faried, Denver's first-round pick over the summer, stole the spotlight with a handful of fierce dunks, including a one-handed windmill jam in the second quarter. He was glad to at least get into a simulated NBA game as he awaits the start of his pro career.
"It's very helpful, getting a feel for the game and how guys play," Faried said.
Lowry's team, which included Scola, Randolph and Marcus Camby defeated a team with Jordan, Damion James and Jordan Hill by a score of 166-157. No individual statistics were kept.
"It's good to get some live work in, some action," Jordan said. "Working out an individual drills is not the same as going against a body and getting that real conditioning."
The game was played at Delmar Fieldhouse, a 5,400-seat gym on the northwest side of the city. It was the home court for the Houston Cougars' basketball team in the late 1960s.
Proceeds from the game benefitted Lucas' foundation, which helps athletes who need after care or wellness services and programs.
Former Rockets Moses Malone and Robert Horry were the celebrity coaches of each team, All-Pro Texans receiver Andre Johnson sat next to Malone and former Rocket Steve Francis sat at courtside in the second half.