On May 3, former NBA player Horace Grant joined the fans on the NBA official Facebook page, and answered some of their questions.
Grant spent 17 seasons in the NBA, playing for Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics and Los Angeles Lakers. He won four NBA titles – three with Chicago Bulls and one with LA Lakers. In his 1165 games (1037 started) in the league, Grant averaged 11.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 1.0 bpg.
ExNBA compiled his answers into an interview, which you can read below.
Who is your favorite player to watch today ?
My favorite player to watch today would have to be my man, KD (Kevin Durant) out of OKC. When it comes to scoring, there’s nobody better in the league. He has such a variety of ways of scoring and that’s what makes him stand out so much.
What was the most nervous moment for you throughout your whole career?
That’s a good one. I would say being down 0-2 against the Knicks in the semis and then coming home and taking care of two at home. Then, we had to go back to New York for Game 5. That year, the Knicks had the best record in the East and we knew how tough it was going to be after we had lost the first two games there.
What do you take from Damien Lillard’s game winner in Portland?
I was watching. Superstar in the making. Ice water in his veins.
Who was the toughest player you defended?
The toughest player I ever played against was the current Houston Rockets Coach Kevin McHale. He was one of the top 2 or 3 post players, I think, in the history of basketball.
How far can Paul George in his career?
The sky is the limit for that young man. There’s no weakness to his game, in my opinion. He could put it on the floor, he can shoot it, he can defend. I could see that kid becoming a top 20 all-time greatest player.
What do you recommend a guy who’s in his 2nd year playing high school JV basketball for getting better, so he can make it to the NBA?
Make sure you eat correctly, get stronger in the weight room, and when everybody else goes home after practice, you ask your coach, “Coach, can I stay an extra hour to work on my game?” Those are the first steps.
Is game seven more about talent or desire?
It is more about desire. You can have all the talent in the world. If that desire isn’t there, you’re not going to win. The team with the most desire is going to win.
Do you miss playing basketball?
I started playing basketball at the age of 10 and finished my career at 39, so I don’t miss basketball in that respect. But I do miss the camaraderie with my former teammates and the hearing of the cheers and the boos from fans.
What was your greatest moment with Chicago Bulls?
The greatest moment was winning that first championship against Magic and the Lakers.
Who do you think is the most underrated player in the NBA?
That’s a tough one. I’m going to go with Pau Gasol. This guy puts up double-doubles almost every game, blocks a couple of shots, and plays solid defense.Follow @exnbadotcom
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