In addition to being, arguably, the greatest basketball player to ever lace them up, if there's one other thing that comes to mind when people hear the name Michael Jordan, it's that the guy has some serious stories.
We're not just talking about the ones the six-time NBA champ can tell, either.
Sure, His Airness has been known to gamble his ass off with buddies like Charles Barkley on the golf course—allegedly betting Sir Charles an insane $3,000 for just one putt during a round—and he wrote quite the epic story during his illustrious career, but it's his former teammates who have the goods on Jordan the most.
And former Chicago Bulls forward Horace Grant just told another one that would make you think Michael Jordan was Satan himself, at least, according to Grant.
Per Scoop B Radio:
"Man, let me tell you, we thought this guy was just the devil. When I say the devil, that’s out of respect."
"In terms of the way he practiced, we thought that we were the Detroit Pistons or the New York Knicks. This guy practiced so hard, and if you weren’t on his team in practice you were his enemy."
"And that’s how driven this man was, and that’s why you can say that he was the best player that ever played this game."
Yeah, you heard Horace Grant right, Michael Jordan practiced against his own teammates as if they were his most bitter rivals. Maybe that's why he ended up in the Hall of Fame and is recognized as the G.O.A.T.
Of course, this is pretty par for the course when it comes to stories about MJ, with Grant once even detailing the time Jordan punched another one of his former mates, center Will Perdue. And, remember, Mike slugged current Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, too, when they were playing together.
So, does this mean Michael Jordan was a bad dude who hated the guys he played with? Probably not. But it does go to show just how personal he made winning and losing, refusing to ever settle for second no matter what the circumstance was—even practice.
That doesn't mean he doesn't come across as a bit of an ass, though. Hey, whatever, we all still want to be like Mike!
The full interview with Grant can be heard over on Scoop B's YouTube channel.
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