ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance,’ a 10-part documentary series about the 1998 Chicago Bulls provided an unprecedented, intimate look at this legendary team. Most people think that it was the best sports documentary ever made but some of Michael Jordan’s former teammates disagreed.
BetOnline recently released ‘The Final Dance,’ a roundtable session with Horace Grant, Ron Harper, Bill Cartwright
Grant, Harper, Cartwright
Five-time NBA champion Ron Harper said that ‘The Last Dance’ was good, even though he wanted it to be more about what the team did. He then added: “I understand they gave the copyrights to MJ, so it was more like come fly with me…”
Bill Cartwright, who won three NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls as a player and three more as an assistant coach, also shared his impressions:
“Well we knew that it was going to be really one guy’s perspective of what happened.” Cartwright added that it was interesting to watch and that he watched it for entertainment value, since he was there and already knew what happened.
Craig Hodges played an integral role in the first two championships of the Bulls but he wasn’t interviewed for ‘The Last Dance.’
Hodges explained that he wasn’t disappointed about not being able to share his perspective. He also said that he was grateful about having the chance to see Cartwright, Harper and Grant again. He said that being part of ‘The Final Dance’ with them “was good enough” for him.
Horace Grant, who won three NBA Championships with the Bulls from 1991-93, said that he wasn’t portrayed as a player who took defense as a badge of honor and that the documentary was for MJ.
Horace Grant Refutes MJ’s Claims
According to Horace Grant, a lot of the documentary wasn’t exactly accurate. He denied Michael Jordan’s accusations about him being the main source of information for Sam Smith’s ‘The Jordan Rules’ book.
“That’s a damn lie,” Grant stated with frustration when asked about Jordan’s comments.
Horace Grant didn’t understand why Jordan just pointed him out. Grant said that if MJ had a problem with him he should have come to him first so they could take care of it
The four-time NBA champion also pointed out that Sam Smith spent more time with other Bulls players than with him. Grant told Kaplan it “is a blatant lie, lie, lie, lie” that he leaked any of the information.
MJ vs. Kobe
Ron Harper and Horace Grant played with both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant and won NBA Championships with them. They compared both legends.
Harper explained that Kobe Bryant was a great player with an incredible career and a good teammate. To him, that while the comparisons are fair, Jordan faced tougher opponents and had a unique mindset.
Horace Grant said “MJ is 1 and Kobe is 1A” He added that he has nothing but respect to both of them. “I sat down and of course watched MJ just takeover games and I sat down and watched Kobe do the same when Shaq got into foul