Michael Jordan’s last dance brought one of the many forgotten actors of the 1990s to life. The man who was a crook on both sides of the glass turned out to be an invaluable asset to the champion teams: Horace Grant.
The documentary here may have messed Grant up a little bit. He was seen as a loser, who kept urging Jordan to make the best of him. In fact, Grant spent his night of A-game against some of the toughest and physically highest men in the NBA at the time.
But Grant wasn’t just a great player in general, he also found a way to feel surrounded by greatness all the time. In fact, he was one of the three most spectacular teams in the league and he is the only man who has played with Michael Jordan, Scotty Pippen, Shakeill O’Neill, Penny Hardaway and Kobe Bryant. Let’s take it apart:
Michael Jordan and Scotty Pippen
Horace Grant started his career with the Chicago Bulls, which led him to 10th place in 1987. He stayed with the organization until 1994, which meant that he joined Scotty Pippen in the competition and joined the young and enthusiastic Michael Jordan.
Grant continued to improve his game every year until he even became All-Star in his last season with the Bulls. During his seven-year term, he averaged 12.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks with 53% of the shots.
His hard work on the glass helped the Chicago bulls win three consecutive NBA championships between 1991 and 1993, but he decided to leave the franchise as a freelancer after he was reportedly upset by the way Jordan and the bulls treated him.
Shakeel O’Neill and Penny Hardaway
It won’t be long before Grant gets his revenge on his old team… He joined the upcoming Orlando Magic team with a young stallion who, like Shakeel O’Neill, completely dominated the competition and surrounded them with Big 3 with Penny Hardaway at the head of the attack.
In addition, Grant took advantage of Jordan’s first elimination in the play-offs because the bulls didn’t have enough alpha and they weren’t strong in color, so Magic beat them there in the play-offs in the first season.
Unfortunately for him, Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston rockets completely dominated the NBA finals. Grant stayed with Magic until 2000 and didn’t have many opportunities to fight for the ring before he was traded to the Seattle Supersonic.
Shakeel O’Neill and Kobe Bryant
Horace Grant returns to the Los Angeles Lakers 20000-01 with Phil Jackson and Shakeill O’Neill. This time, however, the triangular attack is not about Michael Jordan, but about a budding shooter who repeats the essence of his game and mentality: Kobe Bryant.
Grant started this season with 77 games for the Lakers and while his offensive contribution was low (8.5 points per game), his presence at the bottom of the field created a lot of space for Shakeill O’Neill and the Lakers reached the final against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Horace won his fourth and final NBA championship, this time in purple and gold. He then returned to Magic for two years before returning to Los Angeles in 2004 to retire to the Lakers. We may not talk about him enough now, but the general was a natural winner.
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