Chat with Horace Grant
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, four-time NBA champion Horace Grant stops by to chat as the NBA Finals get set to start (9 p.m. ET, ABC).
Grant spent the first seven years of his 17-year career with the Chicago Bulls, while playing a key part in the Bulls' first 3-peat from 1991-93. For his career, Grant averaged 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
In addition to his time with the Bulls, Grant also spent time with Orlando, Seattle and the Lakers, winning another title with Los Angeles in 2001.
Send your questions now and join Grant Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET!
Tommy (Madison, WI)
If you were to play in NBA today, how do you deal with an athlete like Ibaka offensively and defensively?
Horace Grant (3:55 PM)
If I was still playing in my prime in the NBA, I was pretty athletic myself, but on the defensive end with him, I would definitely make him take the 18-footer. He's comfortable with the 15 footer, but I would make him take the 18 footer, and then I would get up on him and harrass him.
Hey Horace, with the NBA tightening up on all of the flagrant and technical fouls, would you have had as much "fun" in today's game compared to 20 years ago?
Horace Grant (3:56 PM)
We would have had a great time. No one could touch Michael in the first place. With these new rules, instead of only 3 titles with the Bulls when I was there, it could have been 6 or 9 with the way things are going now. Back in the day, you could hand check, chip, fight and there wasn't a foul.
Deven (New York)
If OKC loses this series, will it be a disappointment or just another lesson learned?
Horace Grant (3:57 PM)
I think it would probably be a combination of both. A lesson learned because they are such a young basketball team. They have more talent than anybody in the NBA. Lack of experience could hurt them. A disappointment because they have the talent and capability of beating Miami.
Tommy (Madison, WI)
Which current NBA player resembles your game?
Horace Grant (3:58 PM)
There are so many good power forwards out there. I would say Ibaka. In terms of athletic build. The defense. The jump shot. I think the only difference is I was a better shooter.
Do you think in today's win now atmosphere, that your Bulls team would have been kept together? You guys needed a few years together to get your title.
Horace Grant (3:59 PM)
No, I think the Bulls organization would have kept us together at any cost. Back then, it was more winning, being together. Now a days, there is so much free agency and guys moving around. We had the winning attitude and we wanted to stay together.
Deven (New York)
Who's the better defensive team?
Horace Grant (4:00 PM)
I would have to say Miami. It's a coin toss, but I would say Miami, because of Wade and LeBron. They're athletic and they take pride in stopping their guy. You have Haslem and Chris Bosh can block some shots.
Mark (Pasadena, CA)
As a Bulls fan, I loved watching Johnny Bach unleash you and the other Dobermans on defense and I remember how excited I was when the Bulls got you and Scottie in the 1987 draft. What was your most memorable moment during the championship runs? My favorite Horace Grant moment was when you and Scottie and MJ stuffed Charles Smith 4 times at the end of Game 5 in 1993 in MSG. Thanks for the memories.
Horace Grant (4:02 PM)
That was great moment in Chicago history, because we really hated the Knicks. With a passion. So many great moments in Chicago. Johnny Bach, people don't realize that people got after us in practice. Practice was so intense that the games were easy. Myself, Scottie and Michael, we knew that if one guy went after a steal, he knew that the other guys had their backs. That's one reason we were such a great defensive team.
Deven (New York)
Any advice for Lebron or Durant?
Horace Grant (4:03 PM)
Capture the moment, because next year isn't promised to you to get back there. Enjoy it. Enjoy all of the things that come along with being in the Finals. But the main focus, the main goal is to get your team over the hump and win that championship.
Dylan (Pittsburgh, PA)
Udonis Haslem has a similar role to what yours was with the Bulls and Lakers. Do you agree/disagree with that, and what are your concerns for him in this series?
Horace Grant (4:04 PM)
That's a very good comparison. I was a little taller than Haslem. I think it will be difficult, because Ibaka is taller, stronger and a bit quicker. But I think Haslem has the determination to go in there and bring Ibaka out from the basket and he can make the 15-17 foot jumper.
Brian (Bay Area)
Isn't the central coast the best place in the world?You ya got the Heat or Thunder and why?
Horace Grant (4:05 PM)
Well, not taking anything away from L.A., Chicago or Orlando, this is almost heaven. The weather. The people. The atmosphere. They're so laid back out here. You have the ocean. It's a beautiful part of this country.
How would playing with James and Wade have been compared to playing with Jordan and Pippen? To me they don't compare with the intensity on a game by game basis.
Horace Grant (4:06 PM)
Playing with MJ and Pip, it's like playing with no others. Not taking anything away from Shaq and Penny, Shaq and Kobe, Gary and Karl. It's just something about being there in Chicago. Michael was there before Scottie and I. We wanted to get the best out of each other. With LeBron and Dwyane, I don't think either one is as vocal as Michael or Scottie. They have to definitely make their teammates accountable. Knowing they're in the Finals, I think they have to be more vocal.
blake daivs (kirkland, WA)
who do you think will win nba finals? and why?
Horace Grant (4:07 PM)
As a fan, I hope it goes 7 games and 4 or 5 OTs. I think right now with the experience that Miami will pull it out. They've been there, they know what to expect. They have guys on the Heat who have championships. I give the edge to Miami.
Richie (Winchester VA)
I would like to know how you feel about who is going to be more productive between LeBron and Durant this series? I feel OKC's bigs will somewhat limit LeBron's scoring and rebounding a little. At the other end, this may be the worst backcourt Durant has ran into yet, which may help him slash. However, LeBron could probably play D on him better than any set of bigs or SF's have yet in the playoffs. In case you haven't noticed this has been hurting my head. So what do you think?
Horace Grant (4:09 PM)
That's a good analysis on LeBron. But I think it's going to be LeBron getting to the hole and drawing fouls on the big guys. It will be level play after those two big guys go out. Getting their front court players in foul trouble will be a key to Miami winning this championship.
Do you think that if the 90's era players played in todays league, they would till ahev been the powerful forces they were back then?
Horace Grant (4:10 PM)
I think today we would be the Boston Celtics of the 50s and 60s. We were athletic, quick, strong and we knew the game of basketball. Our goal, whenever we stepped on the court it was always how many we are going to beat them by. It was arrogance. But we just had the confidence. With the rules now that you can't touch people. It would have been amazing.
What do you do with your free time in retirement?
Horace Grant (4:11 PM)
Well, my wife and my daughters keep me busy. I have three girls, 14, 7 and 13 months. I coach my oldest daughter's basketball team. I am an ambassador for the NBA. I travel to different countries and do clinics for the NBA. It's a great thing to be a part of.
Deven (New York)
Who's the X-Factor in the series? For each team that is?
Horace Grant (4:12 PM)
I think the X-Factor will be the benches. Whichever bench is capable of coming in and playing well will be a huge key.
we have the 20 year anniversary of the Blazers series, aka the Jordan First Half series...what do you remember?
Horace Grant (4:13 PM)
We didn't think he could make all of those threes. When he shrugged his shoulders, to say I have no idea why they're going in, and the bench coming in and saving our butts in Game 6. Bobby Hansen started hitting those threes. Stacey King played a big role. That's what I remember.
Rexy (Vancouver, BC)
Do you think there is any chance Lebron will surpass MJ as the best player ever? Or do you think what MJ did is untouchable?
Horace Grant (4:15 PM)
With LeBron and MJ, the closest person I can say is to MJ is Kobe Bryant. MJ had a mentality of shaking your hand and while he's shaking your hand, he's thinking about how to beat your brains out on the floor. You'd like to answer peoples' questions about MJ comparisons, West, LeBron, DWade, Kobe, but MJ in my mind will always be the best.
Horace Grant (4:16 PM)
To the fans, thank you for supporting the NBA and basketball is going to get even better. Hopefully they will put in some non-flopping rules! I thank the fans for their support from when I was playing and now. Thank you for all of the wonderful years.