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Horace Grant
Horace Grant
Position: None
Born: 07/04/65
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Horace Grant was on the radio on New York’s HOT97 and told this story, thanks to No Coast Bias for finding this gem. “Our practices were so intense because Phil, the mastermind behind everything, would put MJ on the second team, me and Scottie would be on the first team, and being competitive like he was, man. Unreal, unreal. Of course punches got thrown, many fights. I’m just so happy that social media wasn’t (around) back then.” “I hate to tell the story but Will and I are still good friends… Typical Phil (Jackson) we run this play and Will set an illegal pick on MJ, and MJ said,’Will, don’t do that again.’ ‘Whatcha talking about’ that’s Will. MJ says alright; Phil says run it again. So naturally we run it two more times, illegal pick. MJ walks up to Will — boom. Lit him up. It was over; we grabbed Will — you’re not going to hurt MJ. MJ can take care of himself. The next day on the plane, Will gets on with this huge shiner.”
Relationships remain Lopez’s greatest currency and inspiration. In his apartment, there is a poster of former Knicks guard John Starks’ famous lefthanded dunk over Jordan and Horace Grant in the 1993 playoffs. Lopez sees Starks at community events for the Knicks. There is also a photo of Drazen Petrovic, the Croatian scorer, because his girlfriend, Kero, is Croatian. Lopez loved Petrovic’s spirit as a player, and tries to channel it on and off the court. He keeps a photo of himself with David Stern, the former NBA commissioner, on a table in his living room. It is not from draft night; rather it is from a community center with children. “I blew through a lot of money, but, for me, I knew money was never going to bring happiness,” Lopez says. “I spent on me and my family. At the end of the day, they are who is around me. I’m back where I started with more than when I began.”
Grant was on the B.S. Report with Bill Simmons earlier this week and spoke about his glory days with the Bulls and those Magic teams. While there was an ego struggle between O’Neal and Anfernee Hardaway simmering, Grant said he believed O’Neal was ultimately going to stay in Orlando. Then he missed a phone call. He called me, and I didn’t return his call, before he signed with the Lakers. And to this day, I wish I had just answered that call, and maybe he still would have been in Orlando. I heard about it and saw it on the news, and it was like Mike Tyson hit me. You cannot recover from a guy that size, in his prime, that dominant to think you are going to win a championship. Absolutely not.
In continuation of the Orlando Magic’s 25th anniversary season-long celebration the team will honor former Magic great, Horace Grant, at the Magic’s January 17 matchup vs. the Charlotte Hornets, tip-off set for 7 p.m. The night will feature a center court presentation at the end of the first quarter. Grant will join FOX Sports Florida’s broadcasts including Magic Live pregame show with hosts Paul Kennedy and Nick Anderson and join broadcasters David Steele and Jeff Turner for a portion of the game broadcast. He will also be featured on Magic Drive Time radio show with host Dante Marchitelli pregame at 5:30 p.m. on 740 The Game. In addition, the first 2,500 fans will receive a collectible 8×10 photo featuring Grant and Kyle O’Quinn. Grant will be available to the media at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 in the Amway Center interview room.
NBA Legends Horace Grant, Ron Harper and Peja Stojakovic, who collectively have won 10 NBA Championships, will participate in NBA Jam. The event will feature the largest 3-on-3 tournament ever held in India and include a National Finals televised on SONY SIX. The traveling interactive basketball festival combines exciting on-court competition with concerts by well-known local musicians and authentic NBA entertainment and experiences for fans of all ages.
Wall Street’s self-regulator has ordered Morgan Keegan to pay basketball star Horace Grant the award issued by an arbitration panel by early next month or face suspension. Morgan Keegan, which says its license isn’t in jeopardy, has already paid Mr. Grant $1.59 million for losses he sustained in its mortgage-backed bond funds but is disputing the rate of interest that should apply on the award. Mr. Grant’s attorney contends that his client is owed a total of $1.92 million.
Jackson believes Smith’s book played a role in Jordan backing off his so-called supporting cast, as well as allowing the coaches to more effectively restore a level of order and maintain control of the team. “That was probably a part of the dynamic,” said Jackson. “There were a lot of things that contributed to that. I think one of them was Michael playing in a system in which he had to form-fit himself into a group. He had to start trusting his teammates, which came from the appreciation of their individual skills and abilities. Finally, some of the shine came off the idolatry and the unbelievable press Michael got his first four or five years of his career where he could do everything from sew to cook. Spending time away from games and practices with the various players from the 1991 championship team, including Horace Grant, above, helped Smith share a revealing, behind the scenes look at the Bulls in The Jordan Rules. “I think it gave him more of a humanistic appreciation. It brought his star down to a level where he was a human being who was extraordinary in every sense of the word athletically and was driven by an incredible amount of competitive drive to win a championship. I think that was probably the defining message that came from that book.”
The ex-NBA greats came straight from the airport to attend yesterday’s presscon at MOA where Pippen, the six-time NBA champ and Hall of Famer, was also asked about his opinion on the supposed comparison between the original 1992 Dream Team and the 2012 US Olympic squad. He said Kobe Bryant and his teammates should first accomplish the task at hand – win the gold in London – before they can start the debate as to which is the better one. “That’s Kobe’s opinion, he has the right to express his opinion for the team and build their confidence up,” said Pippen, referring to Bryant’s remarks that the current US team could beat Pippen’s peers in the Barcelona Games that included fellow Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. “But that’s something we’ll never know the answer to, which is the best thing. If they bring home the gold, then we can start the debate,” he said.
“We feel great, excited to be here. We know we have a lot of great, knowledgeable fans here and we hope to put on a great show for them,” said Pippen, the former Chicago star who played alongside the great Michael Jordan in the Bulls’ title romps in the NBA in the 90s. “We’ll show them we’re not over the hill yet, we’ll give it a good show,” said Rodman, who sort of expected his estranged father, Philander, who is based in the country, to show up like he did the first time the rebounding demon visited Phl.
NBA greats Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen strut their stuff before local fans tonight as they take on the local legends in the PLDT All Star Basketball Challenge at the Mall of Asia Arena. The duo, along with fellow former NBA stars Horace Grant, Mitch Richmond, and Jason Williams, expressed excitement over playing before Filipino fans and vowed to put up a show in their one-game exhibition set at 7 p.m.
Today, Grant has four NBA championship rings and zero regrets. He was watering his lawn in southern California on a recent Thursday afternoon, living the life of a retired and very content man. He has the NBA League Pass at home, and watches a lot of Heat basketball. He sees himself in Bosh, says the kid needs to bulk up a little more so he can be stronger inside. But Grant loves the way Bosh plays. He hopes Bosh takes time to savor this season, warts and all. “I know what Chris is going through,” Grant said, “being that third fiddle. I would say to Chris, ‘Don’t worry about what other people say. Do what you do, and do it well.’ Winning a championship is what it’s all about.”
The fall of 1992 tugged at Grant’s pride and his sense of fairness. Jordan and Pippen had just come back from winning a gold medal with the Dream Team, and were best buds and tighter than ever. Grant felt left out, and didn’t particularly like the fact that Jackson let them rest during training camp. “I mean, it was tough,” Grant said. “But when you put the team first, everything comes easy.”
Is Scottie mad at Michael [Jordan] about something? Is he holding a grudge, Horace? “(Laughing) I hope not, I don’t think so, but you know to say that somebody, I mean listen, I’m mean I’m kinda at a loss of words cause Michael Jordan I mean when you win numerous MVPs and you’ve taken the team to six championships and probably could have been eight if he didn’t retire those two years. You know MVP’s and the playoffs and the championships I mean man he made us better, he made believe me, he, myself, Scottie, BJ, even Bill Cartwright who I still love, he made us better players. He gave us that confidence, but first we had to earn his trust and once we earned his trust man you know you saw championship after championship and as far as talent wise, that’s no man. Who do you want to take that last shot when three seconds are left in the game? Who do you want the ball in their hands the last 3 seconds? He proved that he can score the last few seconds of a ball game or if he gets double teamed that Steve Kerr or John Paxson are right there so you know I love Scottie, but I totally disagree.”
In a radio interview with WMVP-AM in Chicago, Horace Grant says he “totally disagrees” with former Chicago Bulls teammate Scottie Pippen that LeBron James may be a better player than Michael Jordan: “Wow. Pippen’s my man, and we’ll always be close, but I totally disagree. LeBron is going to be one of the top players to ever play the game, but Michael Jeffrey Jordan — who we bumped heads at times — is I think, the best basketball player I’ve ever seen.”
Former Chicago Bulls power forward Horace Grant, from his home in California, has been like any other fan watching the team in the playoffs. And like many other Bulls fans, he has not been pleased with what he has seen from Carlos Boozer. “It will be a long time before I could be a head coach, because I don’t care how much money you get paid,” Grant said. “If you’re not producing more or if I feel you’re hurting the team, especially in the playoffs, I’d bench you. “If Boozer is having an off-game scoring, he has to do other things. You have to rebound and you’ve got to play defense.”
Sam: I’ve always had a soft spot for Horace, so I go with him as well, though also because he was a more well rounded and disciplined player than Noah. Maybe Noah eventually becomes that. Everyone loves his effort, which is great, but already he is missing way more games than Horace ever missed and there were times fans accused Horace of being a malingered. In Horace’s first six seasons with the Bulls he missed combined 16 games.
Now there’s a lot of uncertainty with a potential lockout for next season. You suffered one as a player in 1999. Which advice would you give to the Players’ Union and the owners in order to avoid a second and surely hurtful lockout? Horace Grant: I think the Players’ Union and the owners got to come to some type of agreement. It’s not just about the players and the owners, they have people depending on the NBA for their livelihoods. You have small markets like Indiana, Cleveland, New Orleans, maybe Memphis… Those people in those communities need the NBA to survive. There’s so much to share. How much is it enough for both sides?