Maybe Horace Grant was right when he called “The Last Dance” a work of fiction.
Sam Smith, the author of “The Jordan Rules” and former Chicago Tribune writer, also punched holes in Michael Jordan’s documentary. He said that the idea that Grant was his only source in the book was false and also laughed at the idea that Jordan presented that he, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Phil Jackson would all have turned down offers of ” one year for the 1998-99 season. owner Jerry Reinsdorf made offers to them. Instead, Jordan retired and the Bulls got rid of their main pieces of the championship, starting a reconstruction that lasted almost a decade.
“It was a complete and egregious lie from Michael,” Smith said on Thursday 95.7. “There were several things in the documentary that I saw, I know, that he invented or that he lied. These weren’t important things, but it was like when a TV movie came out and they said, “This is based on a true story.” It was based on a true story. “
Another controversial topic was “The Flu Game” in 1997 when Jordan said he was intoxicated by bad pizza the day before Game 5 of the NBA Finals. At the time, it was reported that Jordan was struggling with “flu-like symptoms”.
“The pizza – the poison – that was completely nonsense,” said Smith. “There were a couple of other things like that that I won’t go into. They weren’t major, but the thing at the end [about Jordan returning to play in 1998-99] was a complete and egregious lie. I know what happened. “
As for Grant being Smith’s only source in his book, Smith pointed out that he had known Jackson since his days at the CBA and Johnny Bach for years, as well as his presence since Jordan’s arrival in 1984. All of this goes back to the thorny relationship Jordan and Grant shared. Grant spoke about the documentary, saying that Jordan stretched the truth over and over, calling it “B.S., in terms of reality”.
Pippen, who has not been described very favorably, has yet to speak publicly about it, but he was also “livid” when he interpreted it in the 10-part series, according to ESPN host David Kaplan .
“Horace was a stubborn guy in his own right. He was very close to Scottie. He was still Scottie’s closest friend, “said Smith. “And I think that’s what this is about. He’s talking to Scottie. Scottie hasn’t said anything publicly. Hasn’t said anything about it and everything was forced, if you will. I think “He’s defending Scottie. I think they still speak almost every day. This is probably partly Scottie’s reaction to Horace’s comments.”