What The Retired player Had To Say
Isiah Thomas was doing a podcast with EuroHoops. The podcast contained information about his career and his relationships with other players. One of the topics spoken about Thomas was his reaction to the documentary “The Last Dance” which was mainly about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Jordan is retired now but won six championships with the Bulls in the 1990s. He retired because he knew it would be for sure his last season with the Bulls. By Thomas’ reaction to that question, you can tell he had a lot he wanted to say. He spoke about how he was watching the documentary with his family. All was well when out of nowhere Thomas hears Jordan call him an asshole, and that he hates him.
Thomas was bewildered by Jordan’s quotes in the documentary. Thomas exclaimed, “and then I proceeded to watch a whole documentary about him being an a**hole. I’m like wait a minute, time out. Until I get a public apology, this beef is gonna go on for a long, long time, cause I’m from the west side of Chicago.” Now it seems as if even before Thomas even talked about Jordan in this interview he wanted an apology.
The interesting thing about this situation is that even after they both retired the beef is still going. The beef should have been resolved during the NBA’s top 75 players ceremony.
It was the year that the “Dream Team” was being created. In 1992 professional NBA superstar players were chosen to participate in the Olympics. Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson were just three of the many superstars chosen. Although there was someone missing in that stacked team.
That player was Thomas himself. Thomas felt betrayed and hurt that he was not chosen for the team. He was later told that the reason he was not chosen for the team was because of Jordan. In the documentary, Jordan talks about him picking who he would not want on the team. His first thought of a player was Thomas.
In the documentary, Jordan stated, “Rod Thorn called me. I said, ‘Rod, I won’t play if Isiah Thomas is on the team’.” Rod has no other choice but to agree to the terms Jordan proposed. Everyone who was an NBA fan wanted Jordan on that team. In addition, Jordan was a superstar and a well-known figure in other foreign countries.
When Will the Beef End
Beef will eventually get cold. Jordan is retired so he seems to not be bothered by Thomas’ comments at all. In fact, he barely speaks on these types of matters. He has more important things to worry about like the Charlotte Hornets, and billionaire problems. Thomas needs to let go of all the grudges he holds still and be happy he was even considered for the Dream Team.
It is a big accomplishment to even be considered for one of the best basketballs teams ever created. The chemistry was unmatched though for that team. Thomas was for sure salty seeing Jordan and all the other superstars hold up their gold medals. The retired player will soon let it go and start appreciating the greatness they put on in the 1990s. Bird and Johnson still speak to Thomas to this day without any grudges or judgment.
Written by Vincent Sauseda Jr.
New York Times: Michael Jordan on tape: I didn’t want Isiah Thomas On Dream Team
Yahoo Sports: Isiah Thomas reignites feud with ‘a**hole’ Michael Jordan: ‘This beef is gonna go on for a long time’
Insider: Michael Jordan denied he kept Isiah Thomas off the 1992 Olympic ‘Dream team,’ but there is evidence to the contrary
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