Horace Grant Discusses Shaq, Kobe, Michael Jordan, Penny & More

Some of our readers might not be old enough to remember just how important Horace Grant was to the first Bulls 3-peat, and how the Orlando Magic team he joined before the 1995-96 season eliminated Michael Jordan and the Bulls from the playoffs when MJ had first come back from baseball. Grant also played with Anfernee Hardaway, Kobe Bryant and of course Shaq — on both the Magic and Lakers. With all his experience being surrounded by some of the best players of the late 1980s, 1990s and early millennium, you just know his tête-à-tête with Bill Simmons for Grantland is gonna hit an anecdotal apex.

There’s plenty of recycled history here — after roughly a billion comments from former teammates and peers championing Michael Jordan’s will to win, we’re a bit burned out by the trope, though we’re not disbelieving of its accuracy — but Horace Grant saw a lot over his 17-year career. If you are a hoops head, and specifically if you’re a hoops head who came of age during the incredible era of 1990s NBA basketball, you’re going to absolutely love this trip down memory lane with Horace.

(video via Grantland)

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