The 1992 book “The Jordan Rules” by Chicago sportswriter Sam Smith prompted fighting within the Bulls organization at the time.
Even now, there is disagreement as to the sources of information Smith used to reveal unsavory aspects of Jordan’s leadership style.
In the sixth episode of “The Last Dance,” Jordan remained steadfast in his belief Horace Grant was the primary person leaking anecdotes.
“He was telling everything that was happening within the group,” Jordan said in the documentary.
Grant denied the accusation: “No, not one thing I divulged to Sam Smith.” He said Jordan and others were looking for scapegoats.
Point guard B.J. Armstrong came to Grant’s defense, telling the documentary crew there was no way an entire book was built off a single source. Even if Grant did offer information, Armstrong said, he wasn’t alone in doing so.
Grant remained on the Bulls through the 1993-94 season, winning the first three of the Bulls dynasty’s six championships before moving on to Orlando. He was a huge part of Chicago’s success, too, reaching his personal pinnacle in his final year there while averaging 15.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.