“A Documentary About a Guy Being an A**hole, and He Calls Me an A**hole”: 3 Years After Michael Jordan’s Last Dance Outburst, His Fiercest Rival Once Again Reignites Fire

Published 03/14/2023, 12:04 PM EDT

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The Last Dance docuseries that was released in 2020 was a major hit. Fans around the world loved every bit of information about NBA legend Michael Jordan and the iconic Chicago Bulls team. It was a massive refresher about Jordan’s abilities for the older generation that watched him play. Also, to the younger generation, it pointed out some reasons why MJ is considered the GOAT by many. However, the series had its fair share of critics as well. Especially, one of the six-time NBA champion’s biggest rivals, Isiah Thomas.

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Isiah and Jordan had a massive beef during their time as opponents. The Detroit Pistons were a major hurdle in MJ’s quest for the first title for years. However, he finally overcame the Pistons’ obstacle and won the ring. However, the beef was still there. There were also reports that Jordan was the reason Isiah was snubbed for the 1992 Dream Team. However, it looked like things have calmed down in the years since their retirement. But things went south quickly after the release of the docuseries.

Isiah Thomas calls out Michael Jordan

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Isiah Thomas recently made an appearance on the former opponent and Boston Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell’s podcast. During the show, the two legends discussed a variety of interesting things. Unsurprisingly, the conversation turned towards Michael Jordan and subsequently The Last Dance, given Isiah’s criticism about it in the past. The Hall of Famer said that he was actually excited to watch the docuseries to understand the team that beat him and the Detroit Pistons. However, he was then shocked by Jordan’s comments about him.

The two-time NBA champion said, “Forgive me when I say this. But I watch a whole documentary about a guy being an a**hole and he calls me an a**hole. Now, he calls me an a**hole and then says, ‘I hate him.'”

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Maxwell noted that hate is a “big word”. Zeke continued, “It’s a big word. Ain’t nobody ever said that about me.”

He then added that some of Jordan’s former teammates and his inner circle called him and said that the five-time NBA MVP did not mean that and it came off wrong.

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Isiah was not happy about Jordan not clearing the air

Isiah Thomas said that even though some of Michael Jordan’s associates called him, he did not hear from Jordan. The 12-time NBA All-Star then noted that he is being asked about The Last Dance in every interview ever since. He added that if the Chicago Bulls legend did not mean what he said, he should have come forward and cleared it. The legendary point guard stated that if MJ meant what he said, he should not send his associates.

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Isiah notably stated that he wants a public apology from Jordan for his comments after the release of the series. And now, he has made his point again three years later.

What do you think about Isiah Thomas’ comments about Michael Jordan? Let us know in the comments.

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.
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