Isiah Thomas Faces Backlash From Lakers and Kobe Bryant Fans For Extremely Bold Take

Published 10/17/2021, 10:40 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014 – Lakers guard Kobe Bryant catches his breath during a break in the action against the Rockets at Staples Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Kobe Bryant arguably had one of the most decorated careers in the NBA. With individual accolades like the MVP trophy, scoring championships and Finals MVP trophies with a whooping 5 NBA championships, the ‘Mamba’ surely left his mark on the game.

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While two of his championships came along with an All-Star forward in Pau Gasol, Bryant was undoubtedly the star of the show in those championship runs. But for his three other titles, it was Shaquille O’Neal who took center stage.

With one of the most dominant players on his side, every team feared Kobe and Co. ‘Bean’ meanwhile acted as the perfect supporting player alongside Shaq as he made shots from all across the floor be it the mid-range or else.

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Isiah Thomas takes a subtle dig on Kobe Bryant & Michael Jordan

Detroit Pistons’ legend Isiah Thomas is no fan favorite. Although Thomas was one of the most skilled players of his generation and did end up with two NBA championships, his image was tarnished because of his team and his supposed feud with MJ.

Over the years, the 60-year-old has been pretty vocal about his opinions on the game and still divides fans all around the world. This time the Pistons’ legend cane up with yet another controversial tweet.

Posting his own photo of scoring against the Magic Johnson led show-time Lakers, ‘Zeke’ wrote, “The only top 50 player to win back to back championships without another top 50 teammate.”

While Thomas does make a great point, it seems like the 2-time Finals MVP is taking a subtle dig at the likes of Michael Jordan and especially Kobe Bryant as the two played with the likes of Scottie Pippen and Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant even managed to do the same in 2009 and 2010 when he only had a single All-Star in Gasol.

Kobe fans slam Isiah Thomas’ latest tweet

The fans of ‘Black Mamba’ were certainly not the biggest fans of the 12-time All-Star’s latest tweet. Many enraged fans called out ‘Zeke’ and barraged the legend with multiple angry responses.

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While Thomas definitely had a bold claim, he had a very balanced supporting cast around him. With a lockdown defender and rebounding machine like Dennis Rodman, an All-Star guard like Joe Dumars and a dominant big man, Bill Laimbeer, the Pistons were stacked.  Do you think the Pistons’ legend was disrespectful to Bryant?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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