As the NBA Playoffs begin this weekend and Phil Jackson was in the news Friday afternoon as the Knicks are having yet another losing season, one can’t help but remember Phil’s winning days as coach of the Chicago Bulls in the 90s.
That said, I chatted with former Bulls forward Horace Grant on Scoop B Radio Overtime. Grant who won three championships with the Chicago Bulls with coach Jackson, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan took us in a time machine on what it was like competing and practicing against Jordan.
“In terms of the way he practiced, we thought that we were the Detroit Pistons or the New York Knicks,” Grant told me by phone. “This guy practiced so hard and if you weren’t on his team in practice you were his enemy.”
Check Out Horace Grant and Brandon ‘Scoop B Robinson chatting on Scoop B Radio Overtime
Grant furthered his assesment: “Man let me tell you, we thought this guy was just the devil, when I say the devil that’s out of respect,” he said.
Six NBA World Championships, multiple MVP awards and more, Michael Jordan was the man; Grant co-signs it. “And that’s how driven this man was,” he said. “And that’s why you can say that he was the best player that ever played this game.”