Some things never change.
Despite playing his final NBA basketball game 28 years ago, Isiah Thomas is still beefing with Michael Jordan.
A Hall of Fame member of the Bad Boy Pistons, Jordan and Thomas’ contentious history has been well-documented. The saga most recently continued during The Last Dance documentary that aired on ESPN in 2019. One of the most famous scenes came when Jordan reacted to Thomas’ explanation for skipping out on the Bulls handshake line in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals. He claimed that nothing Thomas could say would now convince him he wasn’t an a**hole in that moment.
Jordan also spoke about Thomas’ surprising absence from the Dream Team roster, stating that he didn’t play a role in that decision but did believe that Thomas would have created a “different feeling” on that team.
When asked to comment on what Jordan had to say in the docuseries during an interview with Greek broadcast network COSMOTE TV, Thomas didn’t hold back: (h/t Eurohoops):
“When I was watching the “last dance”, I’m sitting there and I’m watching it with my family and I’m thinking everything is good. And then this guy comes on television and he says that he hates me and then he calls me an asshole. And then I proceed to watch a whole documentary about him being an asshole. 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”.
I would love Vegas to put up a line on the likelihood that Jordan apologizes. My guess is that it would sit somewhere around +23000.
Jordan said in The Last Dance that he believes Thomas is the 2nd-best point guard of all time behind only Magic Johnson. He clearly respects what the Chicago native accomplished on the court, but I highly doubt that will ever translate to a relationship off of it. Sorry, Isiah!
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