Growing up in New York, Joakim Noah hated Michael Jordan. He hated Jordan because Noah lived and died with the Knicks and Jordan all too frequently killed them.

“I remember the night he came back to the Garden (after a two-year retirement to give baseball a shot) wearing No. 45,” said Noah, now a Chicago Bulls All-Star himself. “He scored 55. I was not too happy about that. As I got older, I learned to appreciate his talent, but when you’re a kid rooting against him and he’s beating your team every time … it sucks.”

Much worse, however, is what happened to 19-year-old Charlotte rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist about a month ago. The NBA’s youngest player took on his boss — Jordan is the Bobcats’ principal owner — in a post-workout game of one-on-one … and lost.

“It was hard for me,” said Kidd-Gilchrist, who participated in Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge at Toyota Center. “I lost to a 50-year-old guy. And of course I thought I’d win.”

But he was tired after a long practice, right?

“No, I wasn’t tired,” he said. “No, I didn’t let him win. No excuses. (Jordan’s) still got it. He’s the best to ever play the game.”