Michael Jordan was known to be a player who would kill you if that would grant his team another win. He was competitive not just at games, but during practices as well.
More on the subject was revealed by his former teammate, Horace Grant, who played with Jordan during the Chicago Bulls’ first three NBA championships in 1991,1992 and 1993.
“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,” Grant said on New York’s HOT97 radio. “Of course punches got thrown, many fights. I’m just so happy that social media wasn’t (around) back then.”
While playing for the Bulls, Jordan got into physical fights with teammates Steve Kerr, Jud Buechler. And, the 7’0 center Will Perdue as well, according to Horace Grant.
“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,” Grant said. “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.”
“The next day on the plane, Will gets on with this huge shiner,” Grant recalled.
Former Bulls forward also said that no one was really allowed to go after Jordan, since the whole team depended on hi.
When asked if he himself ever fought Jordan, Grant said although not physically, the two stars did clash verbally all the time.
“No, of course not,” Grant said on him fighting Jordan. “If MJ goes out, the Bulls go down, so we didn’t.”
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.
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