The final episode of The Last Dance aired on Sunday night but Horace Grant isn’t ready to let it go. In an interview on Tuesday, the four-time NBA champion ripped into former Chicago Bulls teammate Michael Jordan for…well, just about everything concerning what he calls a “so-called documentary.”
Horace Grant is ready to throw down with Michael Jordan
Just about midway through The Last Dance, Sam Smith’s famous book on Michael Jordan, “The Jordan Rules,” became a big topic of conversation. The book painted a not-so-wonderful picture of MJ during the Chicago Bulls’ first championship run in 1990-1991, a time when people thought No. 23 could do no wrong. As the book was discussed during The Last Dance, Jordan said with no hesitation that it was Horace Grant that leaked all of the information to Smith, which Grant fully denied in his interview and is now calling a “downright, outright, complete lie.” On Tuesday, Grant made an appearance on the “Kap & Co.” program on ESPN 1000 and seemed legitimately ready to throw down with his former teammate.
“Lie, lie, lie. … 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 this lie out 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. 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’s going to cut you off, he’s going to try to destroy your character.”Horace Grant on Michael Jordan
Grant went on to say that anyone that has anything negative to say about Michael Jordan gets cut off. He referenced MJ’s longtime feud with Charles Barkley and called Jordan a hypocrite. Grant says that if Jordan thinks he’s a snitch over “The Jordan Rules,” then MJ is a snitch for the “cocaine circus” story from the very first episode in which he threw his former teammates under the bus. But Grant wasn’t done.
Horace Grant says that if he felt like it, he could have taken Michael Jordan in a fight
One of the biggest criticisms from Horace Grant was how Michael Jordan’s bullying came across during The Last Dance. Grant says that it’s true that MJ did get after his teammates, and often crossed the line (he says he felt really sorry for Scott Burrell), but that those same teammates, at least in his time with the Bulls, stood up for themselves more than what was shown, including Grant himself. The story of Jordan telling flight attendants not to bring Grant food after a bad game was brought up, which Horace says did happen, but that he wasn’t about to back down.
“Anybody [who] knows me, as a rookie, if anybody comes up and tries to snatch my food away, I’m going to do my best to beat their a**. And believe me, back then, I could have took MJ in a heartbeat. Yes, it’s true that he told the flight attendant, ‘Well, don’t give him anything because he played like crap.’ And I went right back at him. I said some choice words that I won’t repeat here. But I said some choice words and stood up. ‘If you want it, you come and get it.’ And of course, he didn’t move. He was just barking. But that was the story. But anybody [who] knows me, where I come from and what I stand for, come on, man. There’s nobody on this earth would ever come and try to take food off my plate and not get their rear ends beaten.”Horace Grant on Michael Jordan
But wait, there’s more.
He hates how Scottie Pippen was treated in ‘The Last Dance’ and simply hates that MJ had so much control over it
Obviously, along with Horace Grant and Michael Jordan, the other big piece of the Chicago Bulls’ first three-peat (and the second after Grant left) was Scottie Pippen, who Horace says came off horribly in The Last Dance. Grant wonders why Jordan even had to be included in the discussion of the 1993-1994 season, the season he was away attempting a career at baseball.
“I have never seen a quote-unquote No. 2 guy, as decorated as Scottie Pippen, portrayed so badly.
“In terms of the migraine, in terms of the 1. seconds, [Jordan calling him] selfish. I have never seen this in all of my life. … 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 year really well as a team. Pip knows that he was wrong for doing it. … Bill Cartwright stood up and said what he had to say, and then we handled it. It was over. It was over. We go on to take the Knicks to seven games. It was over. Why bring that up? That’s my question to everybody out there who’s listening.”Horace Grant on Scottie Pippen
While The Last Dance director Jason Hehir has gone on record in saying that Michael Jordan and his production company had no say in the final edit, which bothers other folks as well, Horace Grant isn’t buying it.
“When that so-called documentary is about one person, basically, and he has the last word on what’s going to be put out there … it’s not a documentary. It’s his narrative of what happens in the last, quote-unquote, dance. That’s not a documentary, because a whole bunch of things was cut out, edited out. So that’s why I call it a so-called documentary.”Horace Grant
While Horace Grant says that if he and Michael Jordan were to see each other on a golf course, they’d likely be cordial with one another. But it almost seems like he’s ready for a boxing ring instead.