Former colleague Grant strikes out at Jordan over The Last Dance
One of Michael Jordan’s previous teammates, Horace Grant, has struck out at the NBA superstar over his portrayal in hit series ‘The Last Dance’.
The 10-hour documentary, screened on ESPN, informs the story of Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty which won six NBA Championships in eight years throughout the 1990s.
Grant won the first three of those titles alongside Jordan with the Bulls in between 1991 and 1993, before going on to win a 4th under former Chicago coach Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001.
Throughout the documentary, however, Jordan named Grant as the alleged source for Sam Smith’s questionable 1992 book The Jordan Rules, an allegation the 54-year-old rejects.
” If MJ had a grudge with me, let’s settle this like males,” Grant informed ESPN1000 radio. “Let’s discuss it. Or we can settle it another way. But yet and still, he heads out and puts that I was the source behind [the book]
” Sam and I have actually always been excellent good friends. We’re still excellent good friends. But the sanctity of that locker room, I would never put anything personal out there.
” The mere fact that Sam Smith was an investigative press reporter. That he had to have 2 sources, two, to compose a book, I guess. Why would MJ simply point me out?
” It’s just an animosity, man. I’m informing you, it was just a grudge. And I believe he proved that during this so-called documentary. When if you state something about him, he is going to cut you off, he is going to try to ruin your character.”
While many have lauded ‘The Last Dance’, explaining it among the very best sporting documentaries of all-time, critics have suggested it lacked balance and functioned as a PR increase for Jordan.
” [It was] amusing,” Grant included. “But we understand, who was there as team-mates, that about 90 percent of it – I don’t understand if I can state it on air, but ‘BS’ in terms of the authenticity of it.
” It wasn’t real – since a great deal of things [Jordan] said to a few of his team-mates, that his team-mates went back at him. But all of that was kind of edited out of the documentary.”