The critically-acclaimed ESPN docuseries "The Last Dance" didn't shy from the reality that Chicago Bulls legend and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan wasn't always the nicest guy or friendliest locker-room leader.
Former teammate Jud Buechler revealed he and others in the locker room were legitimately afraid of Jordan. Center Will Perdue called Jordan an "a------" and a jerk. Fellow center Bill Wennington added that Jordan's methods were successful, particularly during Chicago's two championship three-peats of the 1990s.
"When people see this, they will say 'he wasn't really a nice guy, he may have been a tyrant'. That's you, because you never won anything," Jordan responded to such criticisms during one of the more emotional parts of the documentary.
As hard as Jordan may have been on his Chicago teammates, one man says even His Airness could only get away with so much.
While speaking with ESPN 1000 Chicago on Tuesday , Bulls forward Horace Grant, who won championships with the Bulls from 1991 through 1993, confirmed a story told by author Sam Smith that Jordan once told flight attendants to refuse Grant food following a poor on-the-court performance.
Grant spoke about that infamous incident during a Zoom conference call for BetOnline.ag that included several other former Chicago teammates.
"I would've beat his a-- guys. He could say to the stewardess all he wants 'oh, yeah, he shouldn't eat.'
"That's OK. Go ahead. I'm gonna say what I have to say. But you come back and try to take my food. I would've whooped his a--.
"There would be no Air Jordan right now.
"There wouldn't be no six championships, I guarantee you that."
On the same call, Grant vociferously denied he was the source who leaked inside information about Bulls teams for Smith's controversial "The Jordan Rules" book.
"The Final Dance" interview can be seen, in full, on the BetOnline.ag website this Thursday, May 21, at 7 pm ET.
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