ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance’ really brought out some controversies while highlighting others. It made some of MJ’s rivals speak up as his friends feel bad. The 10-part docuseries has ended now. However, an old conflict between Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas that only got worse recently, continues to persist.
After the episode where Michael Jordan revealed that he still had a lot of hatred for Isiah Thomas, the rivalry only got worse. It all started when Thomas’ Pistons’ era ended and Jordan’s Bulls’ started. Michael saying he respected Thomas despite the hatred did not help at all.
The Detroit Pistons’ Bad Boy seemed genuinely hurt at the comments. It seems Thomas is over it all now, as he recently made a rather bold announcement.
When FS1’s ‘Speak For Yourself’ asked him if the duo’s feud may be a purely competitive issue, Thomas simply said that it could be, but from Jordan’s point of view only.
“In ’91, I had what they would call career-ending wrist surgery. But when we were all young and healthy, the numbers speak for themselves. He wasn’t really my competition,” Thomas elaborated. Talking about who, then, were his actual competition, the legend said,
“My competition was (Larry) Bird and Magic (Johnson). Trying to catch the Celtics, trying to catch the Lakers. Chicago at that time, and Jordan at that time, from ’84-90, before my wrist surgery, that wasn’t my competition.”
Thomas actually has a point. The years through 1984 to 1990 were the peak years for the Bad Boys Pistons. They had the NBA league on fire. More importantly, those were exactly Jordan’s rookie years! Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, who posted a mere10-20 regular season record along with a 6-12 postseason record against Thomas and the Detroit Pistons, were the least of the Bad Boys’ concerns.
Isiah Thomas had a career ending wrist surgery in January 1991. Due to this, he had to miss 32 regular season matchups. The Pistons soon degraded, and their dynasty slowly paved the way for that of the Chicago Bulls. Thomas retired just three years later, aged 32.
We may conclude that Thomas saying Jordan and the Bulls were never really a competition for the Pistons and himself, is rather accurate. Now, we wait and watch whether Jordan cares to respond.micha
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