Monday July 16, 2012
Grant rates playing with MJ and Pippen as career high
PETALING JAYA: Former Chicago Bulls legend Horace Grant believes the USA’s 1992 Olympics basketball team remains the greatest ever and rates the opportunity to play alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen as the best moment of his career.
Grant was part of the Bulls team that won the three-peat – three consecutive NBA championships from 1991-1993 – and formed a famed partnership alongside Jordan and Pippen.
Although Grant, now 47, never had the chance to represent the US in the Olympics, the power forward, who is famously recognised by his trademark wraparound protective eyeglasses, believes that the 1992 Olympians, also known as the Dream Team, were the best ever in the history of the game.
“There were so many great guys in that team with Michael, Scottie and the likes of Larry (Bird), Patrick (Ewing), Karl Malone and Magic Johnson. The current US team would stand no chance at all against them,” said Grant, referring to a claim by Kobe Bryant that the 2012 side trumps the Dream Team.
“For me, I certainly miss the NBA and the Chicago Bulls. Playing alongside Michael and Scottie was certainly the greatest moment of my career.
“No disrespect to the Orlando Magic and LA Lakers (Grant’s later teams), but being part of the squad that won the three-peat was really something special,” added Grant.
Basketball fans will have a chance to catch both Grant and Pippen in action today as the duo are part of the Professional Basketball Alumni Association (PBAA) All Star team that will take on the Westports Malaysia Dragons in an exhibition match at the Malawati Stadium, Shah Alam.
Another former NBA star, Jason Williams, who was known for his insane dribbles and passes, revealed that retirement was not at all a bad thing.
“Life is certainly great now after the NBA because I get to spend a lot more time with my family,” said the 36-year-old Williams, a father of three.
“I certainly miss the NBA life but I won’t be making a comeback because I’m too old for it and family is more important to me now.”
Williams started his career with the Sacremento Kings and won a championship title with Miami Heat in 2006 before calling time on his career last April.
Williams , known as the “White Chocolate”, will certainly dazzle the fans with his street-style passing and no-look passes.