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Last Dance: Horace Grant unhappy over portrayal in Michael Jordan documentary

Former Bulls team-mate denies Jordan accusation he was the source of Sam Smith book 'The Jordan Rules'

Thursday 21 May 2020 09:42, UK

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Horace Grant, who won three NBA championship rings with the Chicago Bulls, was not pleased with the way he was portrayed by former team-mate Michael Jordan in The Last Dance documentary.

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The 10-hour film, available on Netflix via Sky Q, focused on the 1990s Bulls dynasty and Jordan in particular.

In the documentary, Jordan alleged Grant was the source of Sam Smith's book The Jordan Rules, which painted Jordan in an unflattering light.

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Grant responded on Tuesday, denying Jordan's accusation in an interview with Chicago's ESPN 1000 radio, "If MJ had a grudge with me, let's settle this like men. Let's talk about it. Or we can settle it another way. But yet and still, he goes out and puts that I was the source behind [the book].

"Sam and I have always been great friends. We're still great friends. But the sanctity of that locker room, I would never put anything personal out there.

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"The mere fact that Sam Smith was an investigative reporter. That he had to have two sources, two, to write a book, I guess. Why would MJ just point me out?

"It's only a grudge, man. I'm telling you, it was only a grudge. And I think he proved that during this so-called documentary. When if you say something about him, he is going to cut you off, he is going to try to destroy your character."

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Grant said Jordan has a penchant for holding grudges, pointing out Jordan is no longer on good terms with former friend Charles Barkley.

"My point is, he said that I was the snitch, but yet and still after 35 years he brings up his rookie year going into one of his team-mates' rooms and seeing [drugs] and women," Grant said. "Why the hell did he want to bring that up? What's that got to do with anything? I mean, if you want to call somebody a snitch, that's a damn snitch right there."

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Grant said of his overall assessment of The Last Dance, "[it was] entertaining, but we know, who was there as team-mates, that about 90 per cent of it - I don't know if I can say it on air, but 'BS' in terms of the realness of it. It wasn't real - because a lot of things [Jordan] said to some of his team-mates, that his team-mates went back at him. But all of that was kind of edited out of the documentary."

Grant, now 54, played in Chicago from 1987-88 to 1993-94, helping the teams win NBA titles in 1990-91, 91-92 and 92-93. Jordan left the Bulls for a year to play minor league baseball, then returned and won three more championships in 1995-96, 96-97 and 97-98.

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After leaving the Bulls, Grant played two stints for Orlando (1994-95 to 1998-99 and 2001-02 to 2002-03), helping the Magic knock the Bulls out in the second round of the playoffs after Jordan's return in 1994-95. Grant also played for the Seattle SuperSonics (1999-2000) and the Los Angeles Lakers (2000-01 and 2003-04), winning another championship with the Lakers in 2000-01.

The Last Dance's portrayal of the Bulls' 1993-94 season without Jordan particularly bothered Grant. He was especially upset by the depiction of the famous incident in which Scottie Pippen refused to participate for the last 1.8 seconds of a playoff game against the New York Knicks, reportedly because a play was called up for Toni Kukoc instead of him to shoot.

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"I have never seen a 'quote, unquote' No 2 guy, as decorated as Scottie Pippen, portrayed so badly," Grant said. "In terms of the migraine, in terms of the 1.[8] seconds, [Jordan calling him] selfish. I have never seen this in all of my life. And the respect of, 'Pip' was out there in Game 6 [of the '98 Finals], could barely walk, getting knocked down on his back. Tried to do whatever he could to help that team. My point is, why was that 1.[8] seconds in the documentary, so-called documentary, about Pip?

"MJ wasn't even on the team. Why was that in there? We handled that [incident] that year really well as a team."

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Grant finished his career with averages of 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds across 1,165 games (1,037 starts). He earned his only All-Star appearance during the 1993-94 season, averaging 15.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

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